Gnome shell doesn't display your desktop files when you have an
application window open. To access your files, you have to minimize
all your windows, or press Crl + Alt + d to access the desktop or
via the file manager. This is really very user unfriendly.
To fix this, open Gnome Tweak Tool. On the left pane, click
Desktop. On the right, turn on 'Have file manager handle the
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