Originally posted by reddazz
I think you may have started nautilus. Try "killall nautilus" in a terminal window.
Unfortunately this didn't help me
I have absolutely the same problem, but when I write this in a terminal, the desktop hangs and no longer reacts. The icons disappear, just the wallpaper remains and neither of the mouse buttons shows any menu.
The Gnome Desktop appears at every xfce session start. And as a newbie I don't really know what I touched (of course, I didn't touch anything