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Earlier when I clicked on the Applications tab button from "Activities", the icons used to be listed, now I see none. I am using GNOME 3 PPA.

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Corrected the problem. Thanks to the guys at GNOME Bugzilla. I reported this problem there and they were quick to reply.

Apparently one of the .desktop file had wrong encoding of the file name (a stupid windows application i installed using wine). These files are located in either ~/.local/share/applications or /usr/share/applications. Upon renaming it, my application icons were back.

Again thanks to Jasper St. Pierre at GNOME.

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