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Although the PC still runs well and the Desktop folder is there and has everything in it, the icons that were on the actual visible desktop have disappeared. I realized that some of the environments don't have desktop icons but this wasn't one of them unless it somehow changed itself between boots. They were there, then after a reboot they were all gone. This post talks about a similar but not identical issue and its ideas do not seem to apply to mine. Any ideas?

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    Looks like the Gnome desktop icon extension got removed. Could you check whether the solution 1 works? addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/… If it does, I will present it as an answer. – Archisman Panigrahi Jun 30 '20 at 3:09
  • Thank you and seems that’s what happened. I’m away now but once I return I’ll see if it fixes the problem, then I’ll report back. – DonP Jul 1 '20 at 5:52
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    Checkout the answer if it helps askubuntu.com/questions/1237042/… – Ashish Jul 4 '20 at 14:33
  • This PC is apparently running xfce so none of the above helped and I found the answer here: askubuntu.com/questions/451847/… . I don't recall ever installing a desktop other than Gnome but apparently I did! – DonP Jul 22 '20 at 7:32

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