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psshenoy 11-22-2009 04:57 AM

Desktop Icons missing
I accidently pressed suspend. After I started the system the desk top icons are missing. Can some one gives me the detailed procedure to get the icons back. I am new to Fedora.

Please post your reply.


++nick++ 11-22-2009 07:57 AM


Are you telling that everything is missing from desktop(incl. panels)or just the icons. Does the mouse pointer move? kindly reply with the version of fedora you are using,


psshenoy 11-22-2009 11:24 AM



The desktop is blank with only the wall paper some time with panel. The mouse pointer moves but right click is not working. Even I can not shutdown the system. I have dual boot with windows XP. The version should be 7. Please help in resolving the problem preferably in detial as I am new to Fedora.

MrCode 11-22-2009 04:40 PM

Have you tried hitting Alt-F2 and typing "nautilus"? Nautilus is the default file manager in GNOME, and it also controls the desktop icons/desktop context menu. It might just be that it's not running for some reason.

As for the panels, you might be able to restore them by going back to the Alt-F2 Run dialog and typing "gnome-panel".

I'm not really familiar with Fedora, but I hope what I've written above helps.

++nick++ 11-22-2009 07:52 PM

try steps in below link if you are not able to launch nautilus,

I would recommend this step ,
delete .gnome .gnome2 .gnome2_private and .nautilus directories from ~/yourusername (home directory)
logout and login

if fails get back with output of /var/log/messages (a good place to look in for generic system logs)

psshenoy 11-23-2009 09:28 AM


Thnaks for the reply.

I have tried Alt+H but none of the keys are working.

Please tell me the steps to delete .gnome .gnome2 .gnome2_private and .nautilus directories.


++nick++ 11-25-2009 05:32 AM


ALT+F2 will open a run kind of window , if it does type terminal-gnome which will open a terminal

cd to /home/username

you can use rm -rvf command to delete the above mentioned folders


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