GNOME Desktop Icons not Displaying

I’m trying to add some application icons onto my Desktop below

On Ubuntu, I would run the following command
sudo ln -s /path/to/application.desktop ~/Desktop
And it would copy the .desktop file to the Desktop folder, which would make them display on my actual desktop. It would look like this, for example:

My current Desktop Environment is GNOME 44.1, and I am on the latest version of EndeavourOS (Cassini Nova)

Desktop files and folders are not part of the Gnome DE in the sense that they can be displayed on your visible desktop. Regardless of what lies in your $HOME/Desktop folder.
Instead, Gnome uses what they call Dash.

AFAICT. :see_no_evil:

Welcome to the forum!


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speechless!! :see_no_evil: :speak_no_evil:

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As witten by @ivanhoe a standard Gnome installation does not have icons on the desktop any more. You have the dash where you can stick the programs you need often.

But there is a Gnome shell extension which adds this:
You can install the extension via the AUR and yay too:
yay -S gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons-ng
But there are many reasons why the Gnome developers removed the icons from the desktop.


Ah okay, noted :+1:

And thank you for welcoming me!

Works perfectly! Thank you!


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