My Desktop icons keep toggling between these two types of arrangement (image attached):

arrangement 1

arrangement 2

I can't really tell what triggers the toggle. It seems like the first type occurs after logging in, and then it switches to the second type when specific actions are done. I tested it by creating a new directory in the Desktop. This sometimes triggers the change, but sometimes not. Sometimes moving the newly created directory to trash seems to trigger it.

Turning on/off the Desktop icons extension does not seem to do anything.

How do I fix this?

Just to note, I am using Nemo as my default file manager.

UPDATE: This was helpful. By removing the Desktop icons extension (apparently by deleting the actual directory of the extension) and making Nemo handle the desktop icons seems to be working fine.

  • Felling that dash-to-panel is somehow responsible. – HattinGokbori87 May 3 '20 at 0:58
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    @HattinGokbori87 Could be. I tried disabling Dash to panel and the issue seemed to be gone. Except when I enabled the Desktop icons extension out of curiosity, the same problem started again. Disabling both Dash to panel and Desktop icons extensions seems to be working. However, I am really used to Dash to panel and don't want to have it disabled. – CluelessNoob May 3 '20 at 1:58
  • Indeed, you likely discovered an issue related to the combined use of these extensions. You should consider filing this with the developers of both extensions. – vanadium May 3 '20 at 10:19
  • @vanadium I don't know if combining these two extensions is the issue because I have Desktop icons extension disabled anyway. So chances are it's Dash to panel only. Since 20.04 is still very new, I guess I'll wait for a few days for it to get fixed hopefully. – CluelessNoob May 3 '20 at 11:10
  • That I do not understand. With Desktop icons disabled there should be no icons on your desktop in the first place. You will need to give more clarity. Using nemo file manager to provide the icons by any chance? – vanadium May 3 '20 at 15:41

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