After I upgraded from 18.04 to 20.04. All the icon for closing, minimising and resizing apps, are not showing. I cannot even open Files App, I can see all my file in a terminal that there are there but I can open them.

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There are a couple of possible solutions for this sort of issue:

  1. Run a dist-upgrade to see if anything was missed during the upgrade:
    sudo apt dist-upgrade
  2. Install the Gnome Desktop Icons Extension package:
    sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-desktop-icons
  3. Create and immediately delete a file on the Desktop:
    touch ~/Desktop/poke
    rm -f ~/Desktop/poke

Hopefully one of these will restore your icons properly.

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