Get Rid of Desktop Icons in Ubuntu 14.04

So, it seemed that I could not get red of my desktop icons in Ubuntu 14.04. Unity Tweak tool did not remove them and neither did command lines like

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.desktop home-icon-visible false

It turns out that the problem was related to Nemo which I had installed earlier. Nemo has it’s own desktop settings and so changing the settings in Nautilus has no effect.

The following commands worked for me:

gsettings set org.nemo.desktop computer-icon-visible false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop home-icon-visible false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop volumes-visible false
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop computer-icon-visible false
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  1. I tried all of the tips on the web, but none of them worked, so I did a very rudimentary thing as follows, and it worked. You can remove the “Install Ubuntu” icon permanently, but I just hid it as follows so that I can launch the installer when I really need to install Ubuntu on the main hard disk:
    (1) Open the terminal.
    (2) sudo mkdir /usr/share/applications/UNWANTED_LAUNCHERS
    (3) sudo mv /usr/share/applications/ubiquity.desktop /usr/share/applications/UNWANTED_LAUNCHERS/
    (*Note: The visible file name, “Install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS” with spaces in it does not work for the terminal. You must use the real file name, “ubiquity.desktop”, which Ubuntu actually find it by.)
    -Hiroshi Higashijima, Campbell, CA 95008 U.S.A.

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