elementary tends to take a perspective of "why?" rather than "why not?". Coding and supporting a feature like placing an icon view over the wallpaper takes time to design, code, test, etc. This would be a significant time investment and they don't currently feel that this feature is more important than the others they are working on. It also carries ...
While Daniel Foré adequately explains the design decision, it does not answer the actual question. You can get the old desktop paradigm back by installing the Nautilus file manager (part of the Gnome project). Also Nautilus will appear inside Slingshot as a second, alternative filemanger to Pantheon Files.
Install Nautilus without all the related Gnome ...
Quick Fix - Text Scaling
You can increase the text size of most interface elements by turning on 'Large Text' in the Universal Access settings.
Applications Menu -> System Settings -> Universal Access -> Seeing -> Large Text
The Large Text slider toggles the value of org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor between 1.0 and 1.25.
If you want a ...
I personally like to use Hot corners to show the desktop.
To do this, first install devilspie with:
sudo apt-get install devilspie
Then create a script file with:
(or some other text editor) and inside that file paste the following content:
(Install dconf-editor by typing sudo apt-get install dconf-editor in the command line.)
Open dconf-editor and navigate to org.gnome.desktop.interface and check the value of scaling-factor. It is probably set to 2 (which is for high density displays) and you should change it to 1. For now, non-integer values will not work.
Background images are stored at /usr/share/backgrounds. You can easily copy files to this folder via administrative privileges (either per Files in root mode or sudo cp) and they will show up in Switchboard for every user on your computer.
If you don't want to make the new backgrounds available for all users, you can copy wallpapers to /home/<username>...
Adjust scroll speed
This is based directly on an answer to a similar question on AskUbuntu by user stvn66. I have tested it under elementary OS 0.4 Loki.
Unfortunately there is no simple setting to adjust scrolling speed right now, which seems to be a problem for many Linux based operating systems, not only elementary OS.
Currently the best option is to ...
There are two easy options.
Ctrl + right click on plank and go to preferences. There is a show desktop docklet.
Hot corner solution. Install wmctrl
sudo apt install wmctrl
Then you can use wmctrl -k on in the custom command box.
You can put the 'Desktop' docket to Plank (the dock application).
Ctrl+Left-click on the dock and select Preferences from the menu. In the Docklets tab you can find Desktop, just drag-and-drop it to the dock application.
It's possible to change date & time format in Wingpanel, but there is no direct UI for this kind of setting.
You can either install and run dconf-editor, navigate to com -> canonical -> indicator -> datetime, switch custom-time from locale-default to custom and change custom-time-format into %A, %d %B %Y, %I:%M.
Or you open your terminal and run the ...
Although this question is quite old, there is a more acceptable answer for the OP's question now. Appcenter has an application called Desktop folder now, which you can install and use.
This will allow you to put things/files/folders on your desktop in elementary OS, and is much cleaner than installing something like ...
You can deactivate this feature by disabling dynamic workspaces in gala preferences.
Open dconf Editor, if you have it, and go to org -> pantheon -> desktop -> gala -> behavior and untick dynamic-workspaces point.
Or just run follow command in the Terminal:
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.behavior dynamic-workspaces false
To revert this feature ...
To solve your problem without installing extra software:
to get your scaling factor
gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor
to set your scaling factor
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 1
It is because of the Nemo file manager. Nemo could be installed by other applications as a dependency.
To remove the desktop:
Pkill will stop the nemo process.
To run Nemo without an desktop:
If the desktop comes up after boot you'll have to remove it from statup applications in the system settings. (settings -> ...
To enable the desktop
Install Nautilus dconf-tools:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends nautilus dconf-tools
Open dconf-editor and go to, org > gnome > nautilus > desktop and tick on any option which you want to view on desktop.
Then go to, org > pantheon > desktop > cerbere and add 'nautilus -n' ...
You can set your $HOME directory as Desktop in xdg-user-dirs config file (~/.config/user-dirs.dirs).
This can be done manually through text editor. Open this file:
And add this line to the end of file:
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 ...
You can use Screenlets, which comes with a folder view Screenlet.
To install it simply run:
sudo apt-get install screenlets
Or install it from the Software Centre.
Once it is installed, run screenlets
You will see this:
Double-Click on folder view, or, select it, then click Launch/Add.
You will see this:
To show it on all workspaces, right click on the ...
That option is not available by default because it goes against the design behind elementary OS - that it's a clean and well designed environment.
Applications should be started by using Slingshot. Press Alt + F2 or Super + Space and enter the first letters of the application you want to start.
Alternatively you can use kupfer or synapse for that purpose. ....
What do you mean? Window snapping is definitely there in Loki (source: I'm using it right now on Chrome, snapped to full-screen).
Note that some windows have fixed, forced sizes, and therefore cannot be altered by the window manager. Thus these devices will not snap into place.
I found a blog post talking about your issue and it looks like - at least for them - it was possible to solve this with a boot option. I'm not exactly sure it will help you as well, but here is an answer how to set this boot option. If it does not work, just let me know and we'll figure this out in another way.
Boot up your computer to the blank desktop and ...