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So I've tried the normal tricks, and everywhere I've looked I can't find how to enable "desktop icons" in 'JUNO', disabling and re-enabling it in tweaks has done nothing.

Any advice would be appreciated

  • Initially, this was a deal-breaker for me to. That's why I chose another distro when I switched to Linux. After 6 months I noticed I barely every used the desktop, so I moved to elementary OS when Juno came out. – wout Nov 5 '18 at 18:07
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Have you tried this tip? Keep in mind that desktop folders is not a deal in the elementary. This can be harsh, I know.

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There's an app called Desktop Folder that's available in the AppCenter. It adds desktop folders, among other things.

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Maybe if you need desktop icons IMHO elementary isn't for you

The whole system doesn't need to have desktop icons, if you want to access files just open pantheon-files (io.elementary.files now). If you want to run apps just click on their menu or add them to the dock to get them quickly

I have conky on the back running and I barely see it while I'm working just when I choose to, I've never felt the need to "go to the desktop". If there's anything like it maybe an open instance of pantheon-files (io.elementary.files) will suffice

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