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I tinkered with gconfeditor and CompizConfig and something else .. Now I can't see the files and folders on the desktop. And also cannot right click on the desktop.

I tried this:

gconftool-2 --type bool --set /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop false

Without success.

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Solution – Jibin Mar 16 '12 at 9:00

If you set the show_desktop key to false, then Nautilus will not manage the desktop (i.e. no icons on desktop, no right click menu, etc). If you set it to true instead, Nautilus should handle the desktop.

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for Gnome-shell :

Try downloading Advanced Settings (Gnome-Tweak-Tool) and check if

Desktop > have file manager handle the desktop

is ON

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