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Level of Difficulty:
EASY



NOTE:
using this tutorial will block the use and visibility of Desktop Icons!
If you already have them they will no longer be visible. If you do not care to have them but prefer or need to have your mouse functionality (such as with faster, lighter-weight window managers like Openbox or JWM) then this tutorial is mandatory.



INTRODUCTION


In this tutorial I tend to use the term workspace. For those unfamiliar with this term, it is the same as desktop. Your standard Peppermint Six installation has two workspaces/desktops, and you can increase of decrease this number easily.

Peppermint Six is now using the Nemo file manager rather than PCManFM as in Peppermint Five. Nemo works very well, but for those who use an alternate window manager (WM) such as JWM or Openbox, you typically do not want to have Nemo controlling the desktop/workspace as that prohibits getting the program menu to pop-up when you click on an empty portion of the desktop.

Even if you do not use an alternate WM, you might wish to be able to switch your Workspace by using the scroll wheel of your mouse when the mouse pointer is on an empty region of the desktop. This way you do not have to be so exact and get the mouse pointer on the little Workspace indicator that you see in the panel. This makes changing to another workspace quicker and easier. To be able to do these things follow this tutorial.



PROCEDURE

Let's start: to change to the next or previous Workspace by using the scroll wheel of your mouse when the mouse pointer is on an empty region of the desktop, the first thing you need to do is to open the Peppermint Control Center.

In the Peppermint Control Center go to the Advanced tab and scroll down the tab to the Workspaces section. Put a check in the box Scroll on desktop to change workspaces.

You can now close the Peppermint Control Center. Unfortunately, this setting in the Peppermint Control Center does not work -- until you follow the rest of this tutorial!

To make the setting work open a terminal window (e.g. using the default shortcut key-combination, which is to press the 3 keys <Control><Alt>t together) and then type the following into the terminal window:

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gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false

Now press the Enter key and you are finished! You can now change to a different Workspace by using your scroll wheel of the mouse whenever the mouse pointer is on an empty area of the Desktop!

In addition, if you install an alternate really light-weight and fast WM such as Openbox or JWM you can now click on an empty area of the Desktop to get the menu that lists all of your programs!

If you have any questions or problems, ask back here in the forum.

Regards,

-- Slim
« Last Edit: June 27, 2015, 07:36:21 am by Slim.Fatz »
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WARNING

Setting:
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gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false
will stop nemo from being able to display icons on the desktop .. you will NOT be able to save files and have them display on the desktop, or copy launchers to the desktop.

Whilst this may work for some people who use docks for everything, it'll likely confuse a lot of people

If you've changed this setting and lost your desktop icons .. to UNDO ..  hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal, and run:
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gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true
then log off and on again .. and your icons should  be back
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For those of you who might have skimmed the previous post from PCNetSpec (thanks for the caveat, PCNetSpec -- I forgot it. I have now corrected the OP):

You will still be able to save files -- it is just the Desktop Icons that will no longer appear (in case you like to have them). If you prefer having desktop icons, then the tutorial is not for you. There are solutions to have both the visible desktop icons and the mouse functionality described in the tutorial, but they do require more steps and the installation of additional software.

Regards,

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« Last Edit: June 01, 2015, 12:17:38 am by Slim.Fatz »
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No worries mate, great tutorial, I just had a nasty feeling some people would see it as a simple fix for the scroll thing without understanding the implications, so thought a warning and undo instructions were in order ;)
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