Gnome disabled OOTB support for managing Desktop icons, and is now handled via a gnome shell extension that is missing many features and not quite usable.
The best solution I found so far was to install nemo (file manager on Linux Mint) and make it the default instead of Gnome Files (formerly nautilus) and let it handle the desktop icons as well.
- Disable the Desktop Icons extension (from Gnome Tweaks -> Extensions) if it already exists
- Install nemo:
- sudo apt install nemo
- Make nemo the default file manager and disable nautilus control of desktop:
- xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search
- gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
- Add nemo-desktop to your startup items
That’s it, Enjoy!