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I've read some threads about this subject but I think none addresses my case. I think it happened after trying to run a Phyton script as super user. Now if I put an icon in the desktop I don't see it. It seems to me that it is there but in a screen region outside the visible range. I say this because if I put many icons in the desktop some are shown. So, my question is how can I config the desktop so all it's area is visible. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Thanks in advance, Luis Vital

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These icon files are visible in /home/$USER/Desktop? – Radu Rădeanu Jul 27 '13 at 8:08
I have a similar problem - they're there in ~/Desktop, but I can't see them. However, when I shut down, I can see it. I think it is a problem with having multiple workspaces. As alternatives, you might consider using a launcher like Synapse, which I find easier to access and faster. It also has great plugins. – asymptotically Jul 27 '13 at 8:39

Open Terminal and Type sudo gksu nautilus cd ~/Desktop now press from keyboard (Ctrl + H), now you can see, hidden file after you hit again (Ctrl + H) it's may hidden

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