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As you can see in this image, my folder and file icons are messed up. The trash app icon is messed up too. I changed themes and icon themes in tweak and maybe that's what triggered this but then I did change everything back to default and it's still not back to normal. Hope I find a solution.

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You can try resetting your Gnome Desktop, there are two ways to do this:

  • Reset from Gnome tweaks

    Open terminal, paste following command:

    sudo apt install gnome-tweaks
    

    Bring up gnome tweaks, then click tweaks taskbar, select Reset to Defaults from dropdown.

  • Reset from terminal

    Execute following command to terminal:

    dconf reset -f /org/gnome/
    

Source: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2018/06/reset-gnome-desktop-ubuntu-18-04/

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  • Nope. None of these two actions do the job. My icons are still messed up :(
    – user568021
    Jul 22 '19 at 7:06
  • Be aware that it resets all your settings to default, not just icons.
    – cpx
    May 24 '20 at 0:40
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You need to install full Adwaitha theme to avoid these problems

sudo apt install adwaita-icon-theme-full

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