How to use the tweak tool to customise the Linux Mint MATE desktop.

Posted: April 28, 2017. At: 5:04 PM. This was 8 months ago. Post ID: 10588
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MATE tweak tool for fixing the MINT desktop

The MATE tweak tool is used to easily tweak the Linux Mint MATE desktop. Install this easily with the command below.

jason@jason-virtual-machine ~ $ sudo apt install mate-tweak

Now we can tweak our desktop. Here, this is how to disable desktop icons on the Linux Mint desktop. Just untick a box.

Mate Tweak desktop settings.
Mate Tweak desktop settings.

MATE tweak also has various other settings, such as enabling or disabling menus on the panel. And also turning on a feature that puts a keyboard LED indicator on the panel.

MATE tweak misc settings.
MATE tweak misc settings.

This adds features that should be in MATE to begin with. But a good way to customize the Linux Mint desktop experience and enjoy it without a desktop full of icons getting in the way of the user`s work.

Using the dconf-editor

The dconf-editor may also be used to disable desktop icons on the MATE desktop.

This is how to do it.

Disabling desktop icons on Linux Mint MATE with the dconf-editor.
Disabling desktop icons on Linux Mint MATE with the dconf-editor.

This is an instant fix and easily reversible.

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