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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 ...


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Here is another approach without installing any additional software. Open a terminal session and run one of the following commands: Default Button Style gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout close:maximize Max and Close buttons switched gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.appearance button-layout maximize:close Windows ...


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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 ...


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Yes you can. First you need to install dconf-editor with: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools Once it is installed, open it and search for the entry: org/pantheon/desktop/gala/appearance/button-layout There you'll see the dafault setting: close:maximize you can switch those as: maximize:close to have the close button to the right. You probably need to ...


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You could also install elementary-tweaks sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mpstark/elementary-tweaks-daily sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks Open switchboard->Tweaks and change the window buttons there.


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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.com/spheras/desktopfolder This will allow you to put things/files/folders on your desktop in elementary OS, and is much cleaner than installing something like ...


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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. ....


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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 ...


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You can use: gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings overrides "{'Gtk/DialogsUseHeader': <0>, 'Gtk/ShellShowsAppMenu': <0>, 'Gtk/DecorationLayout': <':close,minimize,maximize'>}" from terminal.


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Installing elementary tweaks would be an easy graphical solution of customizing your system. Here's a link to the git repo https://github.com/elementary-tweaks/elementary-tweaks It is true that elementary os loki does block customization by not having the software-properties-common package preinstalled. Without this package you cannot a PPA to your system. ...


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Slingshot provides some level of synapse integration, you should be able to search for recently (or frequently) run applications. You might want to implement a third view (view is "as grid" and "as category") that puts the applications based on your criteria. Plank You have a Keep in dock option when you right-click on the icons in plank. As for automatic ...


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Alternatively you can use elementary tweaks (not officially supported but easier to use). Add Ken Hartley's ppa: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:justsomedood/justsomeelementary Don't forget to update sudo apt-get update Finally install elementary-tweaks sudo apt-get install elementary-tweaks Access elementary tweaks through System Settings (You will ...


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