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Desktop Icons NG

${PROGRAM_PICTURE_ALT} Current version: 0.6.0

This is an extension for Gnome Shell that adds icons to the desktop. It is a fork of the original, Desktop Icons, but it adds:

  • Drag'n'Drop, both inside the desktop, between desktop and applications, and nautilus windows
  • Allows to use "Open with..." option with several files
  • When hovering or clicking on an icon with a name too large to fit, it shows the full name
  • Doesn't hang the compositor when there is too much activity in the desktop folder

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History of versions

  • version 0.6.0 (2019/10/29)
  • Fix icon distribution in the desktop
  • Show the "Name" field in the .desktop files
  • Better wrap of the names
  • Show a tooltip with the filename
  • Show a hand mouse cursor on "single click" policy
  • Add "delete permanently" option
  • Shift + Delete do "delete permanently"
  • Better detection of screen size change
  • Show symlink emblem also in .desktop files and in files with preview
  • Fix "symlink in all icons" bug
  • Ensure that all the emblems fit in the icon
  • version 0.5.0 (2019/10/15)
  • Fix right-click menu in trash not showing sometimes
  • Fix opening a file during New folder operation
  • Changed license to GPLv3 only
  • version 0.4.0 (2019/10/04)
  • Fix Drag'n'Drop in some special cases
  • Don't relaunch the desktop process when disabling and enabling fast
  • Temporary fix for X11 size
  • version 0.3.0 (2019/09/17)
  • Separate Wayland and X11 paths
  • When a file is dropped from another window, it is done at the cursor
  • Fixed bug when dragging several files into a Nautilus window
  • version 0.2.0 (2019/08/19)
  • Shows the full filename if selected
  • Use theme color for selections
  • Sends debug info to the journal
  • Now kills fine old, unneeded processes
  • Allows to launch the desktop app as standalone
  • Ensures that the desktop is kept at background when switching workspaces
  • Honors the Scale value (for retina-like monitors)
  • Hotkeys
  • Check if the desktop folder is writable by others
  • Now the settings window doesn't block the icons
  • Don't show hidden files
  • version 0.1.0 (2019/08/13)
  • First semi-working version version
  • Has everything supported by Desktop Icons, plus Drag'n'Drop