Recently I have stopped being able to place any icons present in the home/Desktop directory onto the actual visible desktop.

I believe this issue started after an update since I don't recall making any tweaks to settings that could have caused this.

To reiterate, there are no issues with the Desktop directory itself, the issue is the inability to place folders or icons of any sort onto the desktop.

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    Rebooting fixed the issue for me – ijuneja Jan 21 '20 at 9:01

Enable the desktop icon feature (if it is disabled for some reason) by running the following command in Terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

Then reboot your system.

  • Does not solve the problem, the problem is with folders as well. Currently desktop is blank. Earlier if I would drag a subdir of Desktop onto there it would stick but now it just bounces back – ijuneja Jan 20 '20 at 18:08
  • --version returns: GNOME nautilus 3.26.4 – ijuneja Jan 20 '20 at 18:28
  • Oops, sorry bout that, GNOME Shell 3.28.4 Command returns True – ijuneja Jan 20 '20 at 18:33
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    I don't see anything out of the place! Are you in a Wayland session? What does echo $XDG_SESSION_TYPE say? Have you tried rebooting? – pomsky Jan 20 '20 at 18:40
  • I'll try all those and get back, thank you – ijuneja Jan 20 '20 at 18:52

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