How to turn off desktop icons in Ubuntu 19.04

by artfulrobot   Last Updated August 12, 2019 17:02 PM

I have the extension turned OFF (see ❶), but still the icons are there (see ❷)!


I can get rid of them if I uninstall the extension with

sudo dpkg -r --force-depends gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons

But they'll come back with an upgrade. I can force them not to like:

sudo apt-mark hold gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons

But then I get a massive red ⛔ icon permanently telling me my system is broken.

Why won't it behave? Is there a way to fix it?

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