Trying to install trashcan on desktop, I used Alt F2 > gconf-editor > apps > nautalus > desktop selected trashcan. Result- destop went blank apart from taskbar (no desktop icons). Selecting home folder from the menu does nothing. I was able to install a new administrator user. Logging into that and navigating around proved that all folders were ok on the original desktop. It's finger trouble on my part I know, but I would like to know where I went wrong.
RIG: MaxData3000, Mint 7, RAM 4GB, mobo P5LD2-VN, E6300
Sorry just realised I should've put this under 'GNOME'.