The new install of Ubuntu 9.10 comes with no desktop icons. The desktop is a clean empty space. Nice. But its useful to have a file manager and browser icon for fast access.
The Chrome browser icon you can drag from the start menu. Getting the Home directory icon on the desktop takes a little more work. Here how to do it.
Click Applications > Accessories > Terminal.
This opens a Gnome Terminal. Type into the Terminal gconf-editor and a window opens.
Click apps > nautilus > desktop
On the right side the program window displays a list of items on the desktop and whether they are visible or not. Home_icon_visible is unchecked. Click it to put a check mark and change its value.
You can do the same for trash_can, computer_icon, network_icon and mounted volumes.
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