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Starting from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the OS now shows the Trash icon right on the desktop. There are some people though who prefer having a cleaner desktop with nothing on it but the wallpaper. Fortunately, it isn’t all that difficult to remove the trash icon from the desktop in Ubuntu.

Remove Trash from Desktop in Ubuntu

First of all, let’s make it clear that putting the trash icon on the desktop does make sense. Clearly, it’s a good thing to make it really easy for users to get to the trash folder. Although, once could argue that the Ubuntu dock would have been a much better place for the trash icon. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS only shows a trash icon by default, but later versions also put a Home folder icon on the desktop.

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Regardless, the good news is that both the trash icon and the home folder are easy to remove from the desktop. As is so often the case with Linux operating systems, there are multiple ways to do this. A simple way is to copy and paste a single command. You can also go the GUI route but you’ll need to install the GNOME Tweaks app. If you want to have a better experience, don’t miss these 5 tips to speed up your GNOME desktop.

Use GNOME Tweak Tool

GNOME Tweak Tool is one of the first apps anyone would recommend you to install on a new Ubuntu system. Even if you don’t want to install icon packs and themes, the Tweak tool has many little and nifty options that make life with Ubuntu much easier. So if you haven’t installed it yet, you should probably do so now while you’re at it.

First, make sure you have enabled the enable universe repository already from the Software & Updates app. To install it, simply copy and paste the command below in Terminal or search for it in the Software Center.

Once the GNOME Tweak tool is installed, follow the instructions below to remove the trash icon from the desktop.

  • Open the GNOME Tweak Tool.
  • Navigate to the Extensions section from the left column.
  • Click on the cog icon next to the DesktopIcons toggle.
  • Toggle off show the wastebasket icon on the desktop.
  • Similarly, to remove the home folder icon, toggle off show the personal folder on the desktop.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and earlier, goto Desktop in the GNOME Tweak Tool. You can simply turn off the toggle next to Trash.

Use the command line

As mentioned earlier, you can also do this multi-step process in one single step. If you’re using Ubuntu 18.04 or earlier, copy and paste the following command in a terminal and hit enter.

To remove the trash icon from the desktop in Ubuntu 19.10 or later, use the command below.

The home folder can also be similarly removed with the following command.

Regardless of which method you choose between the GNOME Tweak Tool or the command line, the changes are immediate. Once you’ve executed the command or turned off the toggle, you will no longer see the trash icon on the desktop.

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It’s obvious that you can have the icons back by turning the toggle back on in GNOME Tweak Tool. If you prefer the command line method, you can get the icons back by simply executing the same command but switching false to true. For instance,

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That was all about adding and removing the trash icon from the desktop in Ubuntu. Before you leave, do not forget to check out our tutorial on backing up and restoring Linux.

The native dark theme on Ubuntu 20.04 looks really good. But, ever since I have moved back from PopOS, I have been experimenting a lot with icon packs, GNOME extensions, and desktop themes. To put it, here are the best Ubuntu themes for Ubuntu 20.04.

Best Ubuntu Themes

How to install themes

Before we begin with the list, it’s important to understand how themes work on Ubuntu. For instance, changing the theme in Ubuntu changes 3 things.

  • Icons – File Explorer icons, Launcher icons, etc
  • GTK – Looks of an app window
  • Shell – Top bar, desktop notifications, activity overview, etc.

There are 3 basic ways to install a theme. You can either install it via the terminal or as a deb package. Additionally, few themes are available as archive files. You can download the archive files and transfer the icons and themes to “~/.icons” and “~/.themes” directory respectively.

In order to change themes, you would need to install the “gnome-tweaks” package and User Themes extension.

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To completely apply a theme on your desktop, you have to change the 3 following options in GNOME tweaks.

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1. Arc Theme

Arc Theme is the most popular theme for Ubuntu. It provides 3 different looks – Arc, Arc-Darker, Arc-Dark. I really liked the Arc-Darker theme which is a mix and match of the dark and light theme. Arc-Dark isn’t exactly black but a darker shade of Navy Blue. It doesn’t work well on the GNOME shell and leaves the calendar in a white patch. Additionally, you don’t get an icon pack with it, so you would have to rely on third-party icon packs.

If you are someone who prefers the light theme instead of dark, Arc Theme is a good option.

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2. Pop

I recently moved back to Ubuntu from PopOS and I carried back the theme with me. The icons, shell, wallpapers are too good to leave. You can download the wallpapers from this link. I prefer the PopOS dark mode over Yaru and the shell is much refined. For instance, the notifications stacked up have much more padding between them.

Unlike Arc, the Pop theme is continuously updated due to the PopOS.

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3. McMojave

McMojave is the exact theme if you crave for that macOS look. In order to install McMojave, you would have to download the archive from the link below, extract it and then move it to the “~/.themes” directory. Once done, restart GNOME by giving an Alt+F2, type r, and hit Enter.

To complement McMojave, you would need the “La Capitaine” icon theme. Similar to McMojave, you would need to download, extract the archive, and move it to the “~/.icons” directory. Once done, choose the icon theme and you would have Mojave-style icon packs. Additionally, you can download the Mojave OS wallpapers for the final touch.

If you want to replicate the Mojave wallpaper dynamic theme, we have a detailed article on how to do it.

Download McMojave & La Capitaine Icon

4. Materia

Materia is another popular theme for Ubuntu. I liked the Materia-dark-compact theme which makes the Windows Titlebars pretty concise. Another small nuance is the ripple effect. In Materia, if you click on a button or an option, it gives a subtle ripple effect on the selected area.

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5. Vimix

Vimix Theme is based on the popular Materia theme. You would have to download both the archive files for the Vimix theme and the Vimix icon pack. Next, you just have to extract and run the “install.sh” script file in the terminal.

Vimix, unlike other themes, provides a huge number of options. You have approximately 15+ themes ranging from teal to ruby, beryl, etc. I liked the nuances in the Vimix theme. For instance, when you hover past the dropdown menus, there’s a shadow trail giving you the feel of motion blur. I did like that!

Download Vimix Theme & Vimix Icon Pack

6. Ant

Ant is a plain flat theme for Ubuntu 20.04. In case you are more into the light theme, Ant is a fantastic theme to go by. Ant only supports GTK and GNOME shell. Hence, you might have to go with a third-party icon pack. I loved the blood accent on the white theme.

Download Ant

7. Sweet

Sweet is the fanciest theme in this list. Rock with it with an icon pack like Candy or Luv and you would have a colorful desktop to look at. I loved the neon-pink accent to the Sweet dark theme. Apart from that, you get a Sweet (light) and Sweet Mars theme. Similar to McMojave, you would have to download and move the extracted archive to the “~/.themes” directory.

Download Sweet

8. Cloudy

Cloudy is a good GTK theme sitting right in between the light and dark themes. It has 8 different variants that provide a combination of dark, light theme with blue and brown accents. I like that it draws a line between the icons and file-labels to make it look like a 3-pane window.

Although Cloudy does have a shell theme, it’s showing its age. It doesn’t look good with the DND and calendar on the notification shade. You’d be better of using the default Yaru shell.

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9. Nordic

Nordic is a minimal dark theme based on the Nord color palette. You can complement it with a blue color icon theme and a white flashy background for a minimal look.

Download Nordic Theme

10. Layan

Layan is an interesting take to Ubuntu themes. It turns every sharp corner on the desktop to rounded corners. Although Layan has options for both dark and light themes, I particularly liked the light theme more. Similar to Materia, you get a ripple effect when you click on an option.

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11. Flat Remix GNOME

Flat Remix GNOME is a gorgeous looking theme with its own icon pack, GTK, GNOME shell theme, and wallpapers. You have a lot to choose from. I really liked the Flat-Remix-Miami theme. It brings a lot of subtle yet poppy colors to the shell. Another subtle change is that the theme makes the Topbar transparent. This really makes your desktop look slightly bigger. The theme also adds extra drop-shadow to the windows and dropdowns.

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12. Adapta

Adapta is another popular theme for GNOME desktops. You can directly install it from the Ubuntu store or apt repository. The theme is being regularly updated but the GNOME shell theme’s a bit wonky. Similar to Arc, it left a white patch on the calendar in the notification shade. However, you can still combine it with the default Ubuntu GNOME shell theme and it’s good to go.

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13. Lumiere

Similar to Ant, Lumiere is a fantastic light theme. I could find a GitHub repo with a whole bunch of different themes. It also has a dark edition called Fantome. You can clone the repo and see what suits your need. The themes don’t have a shell and icon theme. So, you would be better of going with Yaru as shell and Yaru icon pack.

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Closing Words

I mostly switch between the Vimix dark and the Pop Dark theme. Let me know what you use.

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