I installed Debian 10 from the minimal installer I downloaded from this link, and I choose the GNOME Desktop Environment. Everything seemed to be fine during the installation.

Now, I found out my desktop has no icons and there is no way to put any kind of file, folder or link in the desktop, but navigating to the desktop trough the file manager correctly shows files and folders.

This is all I have when I right click on the desktop. What could I do to get my desktop icons back?

I already tried to search into gnome-tweaks and into the settings for some setting hiding the icons, but I didn't find anything.

I tried solutions posted on this question but it did not work.

Command gnome-shell --version outputs GNOME Shell 3.30.2

Command uname -a outputs Linux debian 4.19.0-5-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.37-5+deb10u2 (2019-08-08) x86_64 GNU/Linux

  • Debian 10 uses GNOME 3.30, did you try searching for ways to do this with that version? – user4443 Aug 22 '19 at 0:00
  • Are you telling me GNOME has removed the possibility to have icons and folders on desktop? People used desktop for icons and folders for decades, how do I even need a desktop if I can't put stuff on it? I can't believe this a default setting and not some kind of misconfiguration – Kodeeo Aug 22 '19 at 0:05
  • Same issue here, with the same gnome version – ToYonos Oct 15 '19 at 19:34

For GNOME Shell 3.30.2 use this extention: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1465/desktop-icons/

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