One thing I’ve always liked about LXQt is that there are no folder icons on the desktop by default. There is an option to enable the Home directory and Trash on the desktop. This is exactly how I would have designed it. I have around ten LXQt installations on several distros, two with VirtualBox, and none have ever had folder icons on the desktop. Recently I installed LXQt in ArcoLinuxD on a NUC6CAYH for a friend which is now about about 7000 km away. Looking at this person’s desktop via video chat, I noticed that all the main directories in the home directory, Downloads, Documents, etc., now had folder icons showing up on the Desktop at the left, arranged vertically. At first I thought the user may have inadvertently copied these folders into the Desktop folder in pcmanfm-qt. However, this is not the case, as any attempt to move the folder icons on the Desktop to the trash also removes them from the user’s Home directory. In other words, the folders on the desktop are one and the same as those in the directory. Researching the issue, most of what I could gather was historical, for much earlier LXQt versions. For these earlier versions the following was typical of the advice I found:
“Create an empty folder on the desktop (give it a name, ex: blank desktop), then from Session Settings click User Directories and look for the section at the top “Desktop”, click the folder icon and have it point to your new /home/user/Desktop/[blank desktop] folder. After this you should now be the proud owner of a clean desktop with no folders or icons, and PCManFM still in control of the desktop (wallpapers etc…).”
I don’t wish to follow this advice as it has never been necessary for me. I need to know two things:
- What triggered the creation of these folders on the desktop, and
- How might I get rid of them? Thanks for any suggestions.