I recently upgraded from Debian 6 (aka "squeeze") to 7 (aka "wheezy"). Debian wheezy runs a newer version of the desktop environment, GNOME 3 (up from GNOME 2). With GNOME 3, certain desktop actions that users were able to do in GNOME 2 have been disabled by default.
Below are some desktop features removed by default that I find particularly annoying:
- No Trash Can icon on the desktop.
- No Computer or Home icon on the desktop.
- Right clicking on the desktop does not bring up a menu.
- Files in your Desktop directory (/home/
/Desktop) do not appear on the desktop.
It turns out that with a few easy steps you can add those features back to your desktop. Here is how:
- Login to GNOME desktop.
- Click Applications/System Tools/Preferences/Advanced Settings.
- Click Desktop
- Click to enable the Have file manager handle the desktop setting.
This will restore the right click to the desktop as well as display files in your Desktop directory.
- Click to enable Computer icon visible on desktop setting.
- Click to enable Home icon visible on desktop setting.
- Click to enable Trash icon visible on desktop setting.
With the above customization, GNOME 3 is a little more hospitable to its desktop and laptop users.