Sunday, May 24, 2009

How To: Hide the mounted Volume icons from GNOME Desktop

I have a lot of volumes mounted in my desktop(just about 20!). I really hate to see my desktop being cluttered with the mounted volume icons. So, What do I do with them ? I just hide them!

If you are like me, and want to stop GNOME from showing up the mounted volume icons on your GNOME-desktop, here is the trick!

  • Step 1: Press Alt+F2

    this should open up "Run Application" dialog box, enter "gconf-editor" in this and press enter.


    open Terminal from Applications->Accessories. and type "gconf-editor" and press enter.
  • Step 2:

    First Step should launch a separate application named "Configuration Editor". This is the front-end to the settings of different GNOME applications.

    This is more or like registry editor or regedit in Windows.
  • Step 3:

    In Configuration Editor, traverse to /apps/nautilus/desktop/

    here you will see many key value pairs.

    We are interested in a key named volumes_visible, uncheck the check-box in-front of this key. That's it!

P.S. If you are interested you can play with rest of the nautilus settings. From same place you can show/hide Trash icon, Computer icon and Home icon from your desktop.

Also, you can change the name of the Computer icon and Home icon.

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