How to Change the Position of new Desktop Icons on Ubuntu Linux

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This article describes steps to change the position of new icons on the desktop on Ubuntu Linux.

A typical Ubuntu desktop will come with a single (Personal) folder icon on the desktop after installation. However, you can add additional icons on the desktop, although it’s not the easiest thing to do.

Users can choose four (4) positions or areas of the desktop for new icons to be added automatically. When a new icon is added to the desktop, it will be added to the specified location.

Using Ubuntu Linux with a desktop GUI, you select one of these locations or positions to automatically add new icons: Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left, or Bottom Right. Whatever changes you make will apply immediately.

Choose a new icon position on Ubuntu Linux

As described above, users can choose where new desktop icons are automatically added on the desktop on Ubuntu Linux.

Below is how to do that when using the Ubuntu Linux desktop.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

ubuntu linux activities overview search box
ubuntu Linux activities overview search box

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings, as highlighted below.

ubuntu linux system menu settings button
Ubuntu Linux system menu settings button

In the Settings app, select the Ubuntu Desktop on the left menu.

ubuntu linux desktop settings pane
Ubuntu Linux desktop settings pane

On the System Settings -> Ubuntu Desktop settings panel, under Desktop Icons, select the Position of New Icons tile and choose one of the options available:

  • Top Left
  • Top Right
  • Bottom Left
  • Bottom Right
Ubuntu Linux position of new icons selection
Ubuntu Linux position of new icons selection

Once you choose the right position for new icons for your desktop, the changes should apply immediately.

ubuntu linux desktop with icons
ubuntu Linux desktop with icons

That should do it!

Here’s how to add additional desktop icons on Ubuntu Linux.

How to add application icons on the desktop on Ubuntu Linux.


This post showed you how to choose a position for new icons on the desktop on Ubuntu Linux. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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