For some reason, icons are showing up on the desktop. I would like nothing to show. Thanks a lot for help in advance.
This is likely caused by installing Nemo, an alternative GTK file manager. You have two options, both will likely make any icons on your desktop disappear. If you want to use icons on your desktop, check How can I place files on my desktop?.
Fix the .desktop file
To get rid of the unclosable desktop window you need to add
--no-desktop to the
nemo.desktop file so it reads:
Exec=nemo --no-desktop %U
By default you can find this file in
/usr/share/applications/. If you made the changes there, there is a chance they get overwritten with the next update for Nemo, so it's better to first copy the file to
~/.local/share/applications/ (which is the equivalent inside your home directory):
cp /usr/share/applications/nemo.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
and then edit it with a text editor of your choice (
scratch-text-editor to start a GUI app or
nano if you prefer the command line).
Based on an answer to Is Nautilus really “not-recommended”?.
Alternatively you can of course just remove Nemo from your system.
sudo apt-get remove nemo in terminal.