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Every time I unlock my PC the desktop icons are on top of all the windows

Every time I unlock my session, the desktop icons seem to jump on top of any open windows. I have to manually refocus a window using either the dock or the top bar to actually do anything. This has ...
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Create Double-Clickable Desktop Icon To Run Terminal Commands?

I’m running Ubuntu 20.04 inside of VMWare on a Windows 10 PC. I’m looking to create a desktop icon that you can double-click on to open a terminal window and run some commands. I believe this is ...
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How to create a keyboard shortcut to specific folders on desktop?

I have installed Ubuntu 22.04 and I need to create keyboard shortcuts for folders on my desktop including "Home" folder. I tried creating shortcuts through Settings>Keyboard>Shortcuts. ...
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Ubuntu 22.04 (fresh install) desktop entries do not open

I made a fresh install of Ubuntu 22.04 from a live usb key around start of May, on two different machines. Everything went fine except that the icons on the desktop do not open. More precisely: Both ...
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How disable show folder in desktop ubuntu?

This used to be possible in gnome-tweaks. But now there is no such function Try command pcmanfm --desktop-off, not help Try disable show-desktop-icons in dconf editor Try gsettings set org.gnome....
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Desktop icons gone in 22.04

I upgraded from 21.10 to 22.04. Everything was fine. But when I changed the wallpaper, all my desktop icons are gone now. I see a plain desktop with wallpaper and icons dock. How can I bring back the ...
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Rearrange desktop icons with nemo desktop grid

On Ubuntu 20.04, I have installed nemo as described under this comment because the desktop was previously buggy. I can rearrange the icons within the desktop only when I turn off "use-desktop-...
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Where are desktop icons stored for apps installed from Ubuntu Software?

I'm on Ubuntu 20.04. Every guide on how to create desktop icons says "go to usr > share > applications", but if the app was installed from Ubuntu Software there's no icon in that ...
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Where does KDE Plasma store the user-specified arrangement of desktop icons?

Ubuntu 20.04, with KDE installed on top. -- KDE Plasma 5.18.5 The way I organize some things means I've invested a lot of effort and embedded a lot of useful information in the actual arrangement of ...
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Desktop Won't Refresh, Files on The Desktop Don't Open Correctly

I've had the following issues since installing 20.04. If I download (via browser) files to the desktop or any folder on the desktop, about half of the time they never appear. Either on the desktop or ...
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Weird display on Ubuntu 20.04

I have installed i3wn with gaps on my device. This is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. When I log in with Ubuntu it is showing like this, whereas when I log in with i3wn everything is fine. Also, possibly relatedly, ...
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New unwanted desktop icons after 20.04 upgrade

successfully upgraded from 18.04 to 20.04. Now got loads of folder icons on the desktop, including hidden folders (.bash_logout, .Xauthority, .gnome2, to name but a few). I only need links to '...
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How can I add create documents in ubuntu desktop

So I Know that desktop feature was removed from gnome for some reason but I don't get it how Zorin OS team were able to recreate the "create document" feature in desktop. If there is an ...
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Desktop files and folders are gone after log out

I have recently updated from 18.04 to 20.04. I have been playing around with gnome-tweak to tweak some settings and have been rebooting or logout/login a few times. After this one time, all my desktop ...
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Tray icon problem in xfce and gnome with any icon theme

On the GNOME and xfce4 desktops tray icon's do not show applications status correctly. for example when obs-studio Records the desktop or is in pause mode No symbols are displayed on the obs tray icon....
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What are these "CHROME-DEFAULT.DESKTOP" archives on my desktop

I noticed that while i'm using google chrome some archives named "chrome-random letters-Default.desktop" keeps popping up on my desktop. What are those? Thats normal? Can i delete it? I was ...
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Gnome desktop pixeled and no icons

I was playing with xfce and kde with ubuntu 20.04. When I came back to gnome (ubuntu-desktop, same if I use gnome classic), the actual desktop has no icons (I cannot click on it) and there are 'green ...
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App Launcher Icons doesn't show after System update to 21.10 which upgraded Gnome to 40

App Launcher Icons doesn't show after System update to 21.10 which upgraded Gnome to 40 but please note that when i search for applications it lists normally... and i tried switching between Icon ...
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Flatpak Desktray Icons

I have three different Flatpak images running on Ubuntu Budgie, which are Remmina, Clementine Music Player and Strawberry Music Player. When they are open, they icons do not show up on the desktop ...
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18.04 LTS vs 20.04.3 LTS: Stretchable Desktop Icons (Photos on the Desktop)

I lasted a year to upgrade ubuntu from 18.04 LTS to 20.04.3 LTS, this because upgrading there was a loss of functionality. In fact, before I had photos on the desktop made with the thumbnails or icons ...
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Cannot install the original GNOME DE on my PC

A few months ago I really needed a way to arrange icons on my desktop (or something similar, I can't distinctly remember), but I was not able to do it on the original desktop. I searched a little ...
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My desktop icons disappeared when I upgraded to Ubuntu 21.10

After upgrading my machine from Ubuntu 21.04 to 21.10, the desktop has no icons. Even the default Trash and Home icons are not visible. How can I bring back the icons? env | grep XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP ...
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how to show desktop icons in 21.10 desktop?

how can I show all icons in my desktop. after upgrading to 21.10 all icons in desktop is disappeared. even Tweaks can't help at that. your help is appreciated thank you
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Cannot start my own program pressing super+num keybinding or by clicking on icon placed in dock

I would like to run an application with switch-to-application keybinding (SUPER+0..9) Application is not installed with snap or ubuntu repository (apt install). sh file is just placed in my home ...
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Adding to PATH for programs opened from the desktop

Ok, I know there are lots of ways to add to PATH. Each one has good reasons why you would choose a specific method vs another. However, what I don't know is in the case of a program opened from the ...
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I can't go to my desktop tab.(Unable to find requested file.Please check the spelling and try again.)

It says Unable to find requested file.Please check the spelling and try again. And the trash icon missing from desktop. output of ls -l ~/ $ls -l ~/ total 91172 drwxrwxr-x 3 shashindu shashindu ...
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How to disable annoying folder highlighting at mouseover (hovering)

Concerning the Ubuntu Gnome Desktop and folder highlighting: when I move my mouse pointer across a folder and then in an application window close to that folder - the folder stays highlighted, ...
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How to put icons on desktop in openbox using pcmanfm

So I want to be able to put some icons on my openbox desktop but I am using xubuntu so I don’t have nautilus and I’ve heard you can draw icons to desktop using pcmanfm.Is that true and if so what ...
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Applications Icons Missing after 20.04 update

I just applied the recommended updates to my Ubuntu 20.04 (amd64) system. After the reboot I am missing all my application icons that were on my desktop (usually on the left side of the primary ...
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Updating to Ubuntu 21.04 created duplicate/dummy desktop files/folders

After updating from Ubuntu 20.10 to Ubuntu 21.04 I've noticed that all the files on my desktop have duplicated themselves, but the duplicate version cannot be opened or interacted with. The dummy ...
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How do I create a desktop icon which launches a terminal program in Ubuntu 20.04?

I am working on a desktop shortcut for my users that will ask for a password and decrypt all files in a specific directory. I am using Ubuntu 20.04. I have a .desktop file written: [Desktop Entry] ...
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Performance very slow after upgrade from 18.04 to 20.04

In May 2021 i upgraded from 18.04 to 20.04 OS. My computers performance dropped significantly, the brightness dropped a lot, and I cannot move icons on the desktop, and i do not have the option of 9:4 ...
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How to create a desktop icon for an executable?

I am new to Linux and this may seem trivial but I can't find a easy solution. I downloaded VS Code to my Home directory and unzipped it. I know that I have to modify the file with chmod +x code and ...
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How Do You Disable Desktop Icons That Were Placed By 21.04?

After updating to 21.04, I, all of a sudden, have a home folder, internal drive icons, and a recycling bin icon on my desktop, which were not there before. I tried following this answer but it did not ...
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How to make a file executable as forwarder from a Desktop Subfolder?

in Ubuntu how to keep executable a forwarder/ shortcut from Desktop moved into a Sub-folder Desktop? I use many softwares, and in my Desktop I have all the app forwarders/ shortcut, but some of them I ...
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Gnome Tweaks icons and cursor doesn't change

I installed a cute icon for my pc, but when I put the new icon/cursor it doesn't change. All the options looks like feature ubuntu design. (My version of Ubuntu is 18.04) My gnome tweaks I applied alt+...
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Ubuntu 20.04 icon resize issue

hello guys how to resize the Ubuntu icon in desktop? its so big for me I try to search on google but all the tutorial not work please help me thank you did someone try to fix it
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Windows are disappearing and I don't know how, why and how to reverse it

Basically, sometimes, with no warning or anything, the windows I have open disappear, but not close. For example, if I have music on a browser and that window disappears, the music still plays. The ...
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the desktop does not display the folders anymore

I am new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I have just installed some of my first gnome Extensions. Now I have the problem that the desktop does not display the folders which are in the "Desktop&...
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What exactly makes a .desktop file launchable?

I'm on Ubuntu 20.10, and I like desktop launcers. Yes, they are a pain to make now that gnome-desktop-item-edit is a thing of the past, but I manage. Most often I copy a .desktop file from another ...
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Issue with desktop in Linux

I have two installed systems in Virtual Box : Mint 20.1 ; Ubuntu 20.04.2.0. And both didn't accept to freely(in any place) set icons on desktop. How change it? And who knows why in Linux not allowed ...
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How to hide files on desktop in Nautilus but keep them visible on the desktop screen?

I have some files on my desktop that I want to hide in Nautilus. I tried adding a dot at the beginning of the filename and using a .hidden file. In both cases, the file is no longer shown in Nautilus, ...
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How do i make the icon show correctly on the desktop icon [duplicate]

I made a desktop link by creating a link in the desktop folder, which thin is displayed on the desktop. i selected the icon which then is correctly shown on the link in the folder but not on the ...
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Home directroy files displayed in Desktop [duplicate]

For a presentation I had to temprorary clear my Desktop , so I ran mv Desktop Desktop1 after which desktop was cleared But after a reboot my HOME directory files started to appear in Desktop I tried ...
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Lost all desktop icons

I was cleaning my keys and I managed to lose all of my desktop icons. One of those keys was the space bar. I also can not add any new programs to the desktop. When I right click on the desktop, ...
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Unable to drag & drop icons & links from firefox (I'm New) [duplicate]

Hi so I recently switched over to Ubuntu and one things that I dislike is that I'm unable to drag & drop icons & links from firefox to my desktop. I checked under permissions and I have full ...
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Recently my desktop has a lot of "extra" icons on it which seem to be duplicates

Recently my desktop looks like this. Looking at it, there are "duplicates" of the icons. But I can't move any of them and none will open if I double click on them. The "bin" (...
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Gnome shell - many applications are missing

Firstly I apologize if my question is too basic but, my knowledge about Linux is limited. I've been using Linux for general purposes for a while and finally, I decided to install and use it as my main ...
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all menus, icons ,programs & folders (desktop or program menu) is invisible & not opening in ubuntu 20.04

UBUNTU 20.04 issue : all the icons & folders (desktop or program menu) is invisible & not opening (including terminal), however pointing the cursor makes them identifiable.This happened after ...
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Favorites menu placing dot next to wrong icon

I'm using Ubuntu 18.04. On the left of the screen is the column of favorites icons to start various applications. I have an icon there for the Brave Browser, and another icon for the Dissenter Browser ...
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