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I can't see any thumbnails on my desktop. If I use Thurnar directly and browse to the desktop, thumbnails of PDf, JPG and ODT are displayed, but on my desktop its just plain. How can I fix that? I'm facing the problem on 2 different Laptops.

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did u try restarting? @ph1b – geoh May 28 '12 at 12:46
Several times. It didnt work since I installed xubuntu on both machines. – Paul Woitaschek May 28 '12 at 12:47
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Right click on you desktop and select Desktop Settings.

Under Icons tab, Enable Show thumbnails.

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That's it!

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That did it! Thank you very much :) – Paul Woitaschek May 28 '12 at 12:59

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