dld wrote:I switch workspaces all day long. How do I "not place icons on the desktop?" The ->apps->caja->preferences->show desktop approach will kill the icons, but the next time I reboot I will have a black background. Bug or feature or am I missing something?
Mate comes with the default desktop icons of Computer,Home,Trash to remove these you use the way ,I and zerozero, describe. Now after using that method you should have not have any icons on your desktop screen. However, if you placed icons on the desktop by dragging them there or right click and choose "Create A folder" ,etc then the only way to remove those is delete them or drag them to your panel, if you so desire.
As far as I know there no way to adjust settings that will make icons you place on desktop disappear and only show you the wallpaper. That is not a feature of Linux Mint. If you prefer a clean desktop with no icons then don't place icons on your desktop. Create icons on your panel instead.