How to Hide or Show Personal Folder on Desktop in Ubuntu Linux

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This article describes steps one can take to hide or unhide the personal folder on the desktop in Ubuntu Linux.

When you install Ubuntu Linux, your folder is shown on the desktop and named Home by default.

This is your home folder and contains folders of your documents, pictures, videos, music, and others. Your folder provides a unified storage location for your data, so you don’t have to look everywhere.

The folder on your desktop also provides a quick way to open your home folder in Ubuntu Linux.

If you want to clean your desktop without any folders or icons, you can hide your folder or show the folder if it’s hidden.

How to hide or unhide personal folder on desktop in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, when you install Ubuntu Linux, your folder is shown on the desktop and named Home by default.

Below is how to hide or unhide it in Ubuntu Linux.

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.

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.

In the Settings app, click on the Appearance tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Appearance panel, under Desktop icons, toggle the switch button for Show Personal folder to On or Off to show or hide your folder on the desktop.

If you turn it off, the folder is hidden. If you turn it on, the folder is shown again.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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