I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 64bit: I can't change the desktop background from the native settings or using any "tweak-tools" I can find. And for some reason, I can right click on the files that should appear on my desktop, but that don't seem to be there?

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    This typically happens when Nautils is disabled in Gnome-Tweak-Tool to handle the Desktop. Please check the output of this command: gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons
    – Christian
    Oct 21, 2014 at 11:42

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As @christian commented, you can use this command:

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

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