How to Hide Desktop Icons in Ubuntu 20.04

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If hiding the top bar and side panel isn’t enough, and you want everything gone from your Ubuntu desktop, then you’d probably also like to get rid of those pesky icons on its surface. Read on to learn how you can hide desktop icons in Ubuntu 20.04.

The extensions prefs app

The latest versions of Ubuntu include by default an “Extensions” app, allowing you to modify and expand how your desktop works. You can find it among your existing apps.

Find Extensions App In Installed Apps on Ubuntu

If it is not installed for some reason, open the terminal and type:

Terminal Command To Install Extensions App in Ubuntu

After the app is installed, find it and run it.

Two Clicks Away

Support for hiding all desktop icons is already built into the Extensions app, so you only have to click on the “Desktop Icons” switch to toggle their displays on or off.

Extensions App Option To Hide Desktop Icons In Ubuntu

In most cases, though, you’ll also need a second click – the Extensions’ effects won’t be applied on your desktop if you don’t enable the Extensions themselves. That’s done from the toggle switch at the top of the window next to the “Extensions” title.

Apply Changes in Extensions App in Ubuntu

If you don’t want to hide all icons on your desktop, just the Home folder and Trash icons, leave the support for icons enabled. Then, click on the cog button next to the toggle switch, leading to a new window with some extra options.

Extra Options in Extensions App to Hide Icons In Ubuntu

From this window you can use the pull-down menu on the top to define the size of your desktop icons and enable or disable the display of the Home folder and Trash icons through two respective switches.

Clean Ubuntu Desktop After Hiding Desktop Icons

Once you hide the desktop icons in Ubuntu and get rid of the top and side panels, you’ll have an ultra-clean, Zen-like desktop. The only visible elements will be your wallpaper and your windows. If you’re a fan of clean aesthetics or minimalism, you’ll probably love the results.


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