linux mint, mate, panels: change desktop folder location

if you don't want mate to use the $HOME/Desktop folder as the folder it actually shows on your desktop, you can change which location it uses.

i couldn't find anything by searching for this until i remembered that mate is a successor of gnome2.  so, i looked up how to do it for gnome2 and it seems to be kind of the same:

here's how to do it with gnome:

so, just go to your home folder, click "view"->"show hidden files", then click on the ".config" folder and then open "user-dirs.dirs" and change everything there.

alternatively (thanks anonymous),
  1. gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
  2. change the value of XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="/insert/path/here" and save it
  3. killall nautilus


  1. Thanks. From the terminal:
    1) gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
    2) killall nautilus

  2. Sorry:
    1) gedit ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs
    2) Change the value of XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="whatever" and save it
    3) killall nautilus