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    Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    As the title suggests, my desktop icons don't show on the desktop after I upgraded to 12.10 from 12.04. Also, I can't right-click on the desktop - no menu appears. Everything else seems OK though. What could it be?

    If I open Nautilus, my desktop icons and files are still there in my Desktop folder.
    Last edited by nLinked; October 20th, 2012 at 09:39 PM.

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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    Make sure the Advanced Settings/ Gnome Tweak tool is installed . There is a new version in 12.10 for Gnome 3.6 .I don't know if it would have been replaced during the upgrade since I did a clean installation . That is where the desktop icons and nautilus control desktop settings are.
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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    Make sure the Advanced Settings/ Gnome Tweak tool is installed . There is a new version in 12.10 for Gnome 3.6 .I don't know if it would have been replaced during the upgrade since I did a clean installation . That is where the desktop icons and nautilus control desktop settings are.
    That fixed it, thanks!

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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    You're Welcome !
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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    Thank you, you helped me too

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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogs Hair View Post
    Make sure the Advanced Settings/ Gnome Tweak tool is installed . There is a new version in 12.10 for Gnome 3.6 .I don't know if it would have been replaced during the upgrade since I did a clean installation . That is where the desktop icons and nautilus control desktop settings are.
    So, after an update today I'm on a desktop with no icons, no side menu, nothing. Alt-T got me a terminal and I am able to run Firefox. Here I am.

    How do I 'make sure I have Advanced Settings/ Gnome Tweak installed?

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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Dobly View Post
    So, after an update today I'm on a desktop with no icons, no side menu, nothing. Alt-T got me a terminal and I am able to run Firefox. Here I am.

    How do I 'make sure I have Advanced Settings/ Gnome Tweak installed?
    that's my question too ..... and how do apply Advanced Settings/ Gnome Tweak through terminal ?
    what shall i do ?

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    Re: Desktop icons missing after 12.10 upgrade

    hey guys i found a solution and it worked for me just fine

    from terminal type this :

    unity --reset-icons

    to return UNITY interface to original state, type:
    unity --reset


    to return COMPISE to its original state, type:
    gconftool-2 --recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1 unity --reset

    again type this command for the last time:
    unity --reset

    then log out or restart the system .
    that's it... hope that would work

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