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caja and desk background

Postby dld on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:39 pm

Linux Mint 14/MATE: It seems that caja is in charge of the desktop background. As far as I can tell, it can't handle the responsibility! Is there an alternative to control the background?

I want a colored background that is FREE of all icons. Why is it always so difficult to get rid of icons? If I set "show desktop" I get icons on a colored background. Otherwise I get a black background. Its a limitation, if not a downright bug in caja.
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Re: caja and desk background

Postby zerozero on Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:45 pm

yes, caja draws the desktop (as does nautilus and nemo) and with that the ability to place icons on the desktop.
there's an easy-to-use tool to "fix" that: menu > preferences > desktop settings
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Re: caja and desk background

Postby dld on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:01 pm

Nice idea, but it doesn't give the option of not showing folder and file icons. those are the ones I really don't want to see.
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Re: caja and desk background

Postby TheDynamicHamza21 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:31 pm

dld wrote:Nice idea, but it doesn't give the option of not showing folder and file icons. those are the ones I really don't want to see.



The method that zerozero suggested is how to disable desktops icons for Computer,Trash,Home,Network and Mounted Volumes. If you talking about not showing icons of folder and files you place on your desktop,then the only solution is not place icons on your desktop or use another workspace.
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Re: caja and desk background

Postby dld on Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:05 pm

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?
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Re: caja and desk background

Postby TheDynamicHamza21 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 4:18 pm

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.
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Re: caja and desk background <Solved>

Postby dld on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:19 pm

The effective answer I found for my problems was a third install. Go figure. This time I formatted the partition before installing. It makes for a lot of work to set everything up again, but it worth it to have a clean desktop. Sorry if I wasted your time.
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