Originally Posted by Maimy
Thanks for replying to my post. Forgive me, but I am a real newbie so could you tell me how to find Window Manager
The window manager is simply the program that manages your desktop. The point being made is that different window managers offer different ways of switching between workspaces. Most have workspace buttons on the taskbar. Some also let you use the mouse wheel. Some let you move the mouse pointer over the edge of the screen into a new workspace. Just try what works for you.
Windows users are not accustomed to having multiple workspaces, so they sometimes switch to a new one by accident and then wonder where all their windows have gone! This should not affect icons however.
and also how and where do I enter the command $locate.desktop. Sorry to be so unfamiliar to os.
When people give commands in answer to a post, they often include the prompt so that you can see if the command needs to be entered as root (prompt ends in #) or as an ordinary user (prompt ends in $). That character isn't part of the command.
To enter commands, you need to open a terminal. It'll be on the menu somewhere, probably under "Accessories". And the command is "locate .desktop" with a space between the two words. The dot is part of the filename, making this a hidden file. Actually, now that I come to think of it, I think the correct name for this file is ".Desktop", not ".desktop". Linux filenames and commands are case sensitive.
Most window managers let you create new icons by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing New shortcut. So you could get your lost icons back that way.