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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

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 ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

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 ...
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How can I change the font size used by the desktop?

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 ...
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How can I view the desktop?

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: io.elementary.code ~/minimize.ds ...
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How can I view the desktop?

SuperKey + Right/Left might be the easiest if your more of the casual user and are not fully using all the workspaces all the time. This will let you view the desktop.
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How can I view the desktop?

You can put the 'Desktop' docket to Plank (the dock application). Ctrl+Right click on the dock and select Preferences from the menu. In the Docklets tab you can find Desktop, just drag-and-drop it to ...
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How can I adjust the mouse scrollwheel speed?

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 ...
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How to scale down the desktop?

dconf-editor (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-...
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How do I add images to select as the desktop's background?

You can drag&drop them into the backgrounds window and they will automatically appear in the listing. All the drag&dropped pictures are being copied to ~/.local/share/backgrounds/.
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How to add "Show Desktop" icon in elementary OS?

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 -...
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How do I add images to select as the desktop's background?

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 ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

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. https://github....
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Can I change the date format in the panel?

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 -> ...
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How to disable desktop switch on fullscreen

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-...
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How to scale down the desktop?

Terminal To solve your problem without installing extra software: Open Terminal to get your scaling factor gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor to set your scaling factor ...
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Desktop displayed as a window

It is because of the Nemo file manager. Nemo could be installed by other applications as a dependency. To remove the desktop: pkill nemo Pkill will stop the nemo process. To run Nemo without an ...
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How to enable desktop icons and right click in Elementary OS Freya?

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 > ...
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Why does Firefox keep creating a ~/Desktop folder?

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: scratch-text-editor ~/.config/...
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Do you plan to develop Night Mode?

You might want to look at the package redshift (universe packages) or fluxgui (in the PPA: https://launchpad.net/~nathan-renniewaldock/+archive/ubuntu/flux)
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

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 ...
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Why can't I place files on the desktop by default, and how can I get this feature?

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. ...
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Screen flicker, blink, pulse, flash

If you have an intel graphic chip, you could try comment nr 5 Screen flickering solution
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Remove icons from desktop

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, ...
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Files Don't Appear on Desktop?

There is not a desktop folder in elementary OS, you can't put icons or files in the desktop, all the icons go to the dock bar and the files to your home folder
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How come Loki does not have the window snap feature?

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 ...
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How to remove second workspace?

Empty workspaces are deleted automatically when you stop viewing them.
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Is StackExchange where we get support for elementary OS?

The forum is a third party thing and has no affiliation with the elementary team. If you go to https://elementary.io/support you will see that the place they tell you to go to have frequent questions ...
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Installing on Giada MiniPC - blank desktop!

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 ...
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