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Show and hide the buttons icons

Buttons with iconsWhen the GNOME staff has decided to hide the menu icons they also removed the stock icons in the buttons, uniforming the user interface and making it a bit smaller.

The good news is that is still possible to enable and show the buttons icons again. The above image shows the GNOME Screenshot dialog with the buttons icons enabled.

To show again the buttons icons you could execute the following command in a terminal window: (more…)

Show and hide the menu icons

Menu with iconsSince various months the default GNOME desktop will hide the icons in almost every menu items. This choice should reduce the clutter in the user interface and give it a more uniform and simpler looking.

Everyone who wants to restore the menu icons could execute a simple command in a terminal window: (more…)

The modal windows behavior

Modal attached dialogA modal dialog is a window which, once opened, will not allow the user any interaction with the window below until the dialog is closed.

In GNOME 3 the default modal dialog behavior is to attach the window so both the back and front window will be firmly attached together and dragging one of them will move even the other window, like if they became a single window.

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Change the window title buttons

Window title default buttonsThe window title default buttons layout in GNOME 3 will show only a closing button on the right side. No more minimize, maximize and application menu buttons like in the previous GNOME releases.

The buttons layout on the window title bar can be restored or changed to any wanted combination using a single command inside a terminal window. The syntax for change the buttons layout is:

gconftool-2 --set --type str /desktop/gnome/shell/windows/button_layout "LEFT_SIDE:RIGHT_SIDE"

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Show and hide the network servers icon on the desktop

Network Servers icon on the desktopLike the disks volume, the trash, the home folder and the computer icon also the Network Servers icon can be hidden or shown again if needed by executing a simple command. To hide the network servers icon you can execute the following command inside a terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop network-icon-visible false

To show the network servers icon you can execute:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop network-icon-visible true

The change is permanent and immediate so doesn’t require any restart.

Show and hide the computer icon on the desktop

Computer icon on the desktopLike the disks volume icons, the trash icon and the home folder icon also the Computer icon can be hidden or shown again if needed by executing a simple command. To hide the computer icon you can execute the following command inside a terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible false

To show the computer icon you can execute:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop computer-icon-visible true

The change is permanent and immediate so doesn’t require any restart.

Show and hide the home folder icon on the desktop

Home icon on the desktopMany users prefer to adopt the desktop behavior like in GNOME 2 or others operating systems so they can still enable the classic desktop as seen on a previous article.

Like the disks volume icons and the trash icon also the home folder icon can be hidden or shown again if needed by executing a simple command. To hide the home folder icon you can execute the following command inside a terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible false

To show the home folder icon you can execute:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible true

The change is permanent and immediate so doesn’t require any restart.

Show and hide the trash icon on the desktop

The trash iconMany users prefer to adopt the desktop behavior like in GNOME 2 or others operating systems so they can still enable the classic desktop as seen on the previous article.

Like the disks volume icons also the trash icon can be hidden or shown again if needed by executing a simple command. To hide the trash icon you can execute the following command inside a terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible false

To show the trash icon again you can execute:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop trash-icon-visible true

The change is permanent and immediate so doesn’t require any restart.

Show and hide the disks volume icons on the desktop

The icons on the desktopMany users prefer to adopt the desktop behavior like in GNOME 2 or others operating systems so they can still enable the classic desktop as seen on the previous article.

However, when the desktop is enabled, many icons will appear, polluting and reducing the free space.

We can hide, and show again if wanted, the icons for the disks volume by executing a simple command. To hide the volumes icons you can just execute inside a terminal (in a single line):

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop volumes-visible false

To show the icons again you can execute:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop volumes-visible true

The change is permanent and immediate so doesn’t require any restart.

The desktop

Clean DesktopSurely the very first thing you notice when you approach to the GNOME 3 is an empty desktop. Just a wallpaper background, no icons at all and, as you’ll soon discover, no pop-up menu if you right click on the desktop background.

If you’ve ever tried to save some files in the desktop folder (the exact folder name depends from the distribution, sometimes is called Desktop, sometimes is translated in your language like Escritorio, Scrivania or similar names) you could have found that your files won’t be shown in the desktop, like if it’s dead, unusable for everything.

Indeed the whole classic desktop in GNOME 3 should be considered as deprecated but many users aren’t still ready to abandon it so we’ll see here how to get the classic desktop back .

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