I cannot put any icons or right click on the desktop in Elementary Freya. How can I enable that?

  • By default the desktop in elementary OS is disable. Have you enabled it? Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 18:00

1 Answer 1


To enable the desktop

Step 1:
Install Nautilus dconf-tools:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends nautilus dconf-tools

Step 2:
Open dconf-editor and go to, org > gnome > nautilus > desktop and tick on any option which you want to view on desktop. enter image description here

Step 3:
Then go to, org > pantheon > desktop > cerbere and add 'nautilus -n' entry as shown below.

['wingpanel', 'plank', 'slingshot-launcher --silent', 'nautilus -n']

enter image description here

Step 4:
Open Terminal and type following command, nautilus -n

Step 5:
Go to dconf-tools again and go to, org > gnome > desktop > background and tick on show-desktop-icons box enter image description here

If there is any problem, simply logout and login again.

  • nice answer!, this seems to be a duplicate question, doesn't it? Please use flag :)
    – Ravan
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 2:46
  • The other answer has link in it. This has more detailed answer so we can flag the new ones as duplicate and link it to this answer. Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 10:34
  • nope, see here, your answer is same as this one except screenshots.
    – Ravan
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 11:01

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