I'm new to eOS. Today I made my fresh install on my computer. I just installed latest release (Loki) and after a installing a few packages it happened this:


As you can see, there is a desktop window inside desktop (?). The only issue here is I cant drag icons freely on desktop screen, icons are stuck inside that window. Among few things i did before, I just installed elementary-tweaks and some other programs (I was wondering if it has to do with installing Nemo fileroller. I can interact with this window and it opens directly that file manager when click on a folder). Anyone else with this issue? Any fix or workaround? Thanks!

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This worked with Luna, you can try and see if it still works (taken from this answer):

If you install Nemo you might end up with an "un-closable" window in your desktop that you can't close (see here).

To fix this you need to add --no-desktop to the nemo.desktop file so it reads:

Exec=nemo --no-desktop %U
  • Mmm... did that, saved nemo.desktop and reboot. Nothing changed. I'll be checking the answer you linked :)
    – Carlos R.
    Sep 13, 2016 at 5:30
  • Kind of get it, after reading a while of those threads I realized is because Nemo's behavior is not compatible with pantheon or something. Also, by default eOS desktop don't show icons. For the moment, only thing I do is to minimize the annoying window (right click > minimize). I wonder if instead of getting rid of that window, we keep it maximized, filling screen behind menus... which would be a workaround, I guess.
    – Carlos R.
    Sep 13, 2016 at 8:52

For the record:

The command nemo --no-desktop seems to work on some configs, but not always. A bit of research and found that

 gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false

did the trick for me (link). As the problem is solved for me, I still wish to know if is possible to make nemo appear fullscreen. When installed on Ubuntu there is no issue with this window >:( (it is maybe configured correctly to work on some distros?)

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