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I put some files in my "desktop" folder to be displayed on the screen but nothing happens, why?

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just install "gnome-tweak-tool" and turn it on. You have to enable "Have file manager handle the desktop".

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Thank you man :D –  Caio Apr 4 '11 at 22:49
This does only work with gnome-shell installed, otherwise gnome-tweak-tool will refuse to run at all. –  drahnr Jun 8 '11 at 14:42

It's easier to set the appropriate gconf key with the following command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
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First, Gnome 3 is still in beta so don't expect things to work 100%. Next, it seems to me that the new design does not include desktop icons. It's a feature.

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Gnome 3 is in RC and will be released on april 6. –  Caio Apr 3 '11 at 11:19

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