How To Add Trash Can and Computer icon to Desktop in Gnome 2

When a lot of people come from windows to Linux they often are searching for the My Computer icon or the trash Icon on the desktop. With Ubuntu and many other distributions this is not enabled out of the box. With just a couple quick steps in gconf editor you will be on your way.

The first thing we will want to do is launch gconf-editor. You can launch gconf from the terminal or from the Run Applications Dialog box which is what I will use in this example.

Start by pressing ALT + F2

This should open the Run Application Dialog box.

 

 

In Gnome 2 Hot ALT + F2 to bring up the Run Application Window

 

 

Input the command gconf-editor and hit run

 

 

In the Run Application window enter gconf-editor

 

 

You will see a box very similar to the one below.

 

 

Gnome 2 - Configuration Editor Window

 

 

Click the arrow next to Apps

 

 

Gnome 2: Click on apps in the configuration Editor window

 

 

Scroll down until you find nautilus and then Click the Arrow next to it

 

 

Configuration Editor - Scroll down until you find nautilus

 

 

Click on desktop so you can see the values on the right side

 

 

Configuration Editor - Click On Desktop - Options on ride sides

 

 

Put a Check mark next to the icons you want visible (Example Trash or computer icon)

Close out the box once you have made the needed changes and take a look at your desktop to make sure the changes were applied

(Note: You can now see the trash icon on my desktop in the bottom right hand corner.)

 

 

Note The New Desktop Icons

 

 

Hope you found this helpful. Be sure to check out other great Linux and Open Source tutorials!