Is there a way to place Nautilus (a.k.a Files) on the desktop?
I know there is an extension to add icons back to the desktop, but the features are not aligned with Nautilus; it isn’t Nautilus from what I can tell. For example, dragging a file from Files onto a web page in Chrome works, but dragging from the desktop extension does not, and other differences.
I’d like to place an actual Nautilus window on my desktop because I want to bring in some parts of my productivity from macOS. For example, I’d like to show the desktop (move windows out of the way), grab a file (start dragging it), unhide windows (they move back over the desktop), and drop the file on a window (f.e. Chromium to automatically insert images in Discourse or GitHub posts or in file pickers).
Is it possible to open a Files window and make it be always at the bottom of all windows, even behind Gnome Shell UI?
- When entering Activities overview, that window would need to fade out (or dim) instead of floating in the Activities space with all other windows.
- When that window is active (when “icons on desktop” is enabled) the Files app should not appear as running app in the Activities dock or in alt-tab or alt-backtick popups. The feature should behave as if it is simply part of Gnome Shell right on top of the background image.
Any tips on how to do that would be greatly appreciated!
Do you think this is possible entirely with the extension API? And if the existing Gnome extension does the same thing, then why are the features not the same as with regular File windows?