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Since this morning, I have some files in the desktop, but I cannot see them. I know nothing has been deleted, as

I can see what's on the desktop whenever I try to save anything from the Internet. How could I make the documents visible again? It's even stranger the fact that I cannot see anything I had yesterday (except for a shortcut), but I can see documents I save there today. Thank you.

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Can you find your documents in the Dash? (Press the Super key and start typing your document's title) – speter Aug 13 '12 at 11:39
Have you gone from automatically saving documents to the desktop, Home->Desktop, to saving them automatically at the usual place, Home->Downloads? – John S Gruber Aug 13 '12 at 16:04


sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

Open Advanced settings from Dash .Then Slide the ON option to have file manager handle the desktop

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To access the files you can always go to /home/username/Desktop, where username is your user name.

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Right click on the empty space on the desktop and check "Keep aligned". This should realign all the icons if they are somewhere outside the screen.

Try to use other folders for saving stuff. When the Desktop folder gets crowded it's really hard to find thing. You can organise everything in folders on the desktop if you thing it is easier to access them.

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This is unlikely to help, because newly saved files on the Desktop are very unlikely to be outside of the screen, if there is unoccupied space on the desktop within the viewable area. – Eliah Kagan Aug 13 '12 at 20:24
I use a dual monitor setup with different screen resolutions and this happens frequently. – Alex Cucu Aug 24 '12 at 12:18

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