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how do I get all my desktop icons back after they vanished?

asked 2014-03-16 17:13:14 -0600

Sparky65 gravatar image

Somehow I have lost every icon on the desktop!

I still have them all in the Desktop folder, but they do not appear on the desktop...


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answered 2014-03-16 17:43:02 -0600

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*I am using Xfce as a desktop manager, not Gnome :)

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You should edit your question then ;-)

remjg gravatar imageremjg ( 2014-03-17 02:30:00 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-03-16 18:19:08 -0600

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The only thing I can say that would make it easier to just run:

rm -r ~/.config/xfce4

Then simply log out and back in. This will just reset xfce4 back to default. I'd recommend avoiding the -f flag unless necessary especially if you are using the sudo command which is not an issue here but anyway. Using only the minimal force necessary is always a good idea.

This also limits the commands a user has to enter, you can also open up your file manager and select view hidden files and go into the .config folder and right click and delete the xfce4 folder and then log out and back in.

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