I decided to ditch the Amazon software that shipped with my original Kindle Fire & upgrade to Cyanogenmod 10.1.  And lemme tell ya, I’m glad I did, because it’s a huge improvement, from both a usability and a speed standpoint.

I’d stuck with the Amazon software for so long because I didn’t want to get cut off from Amazon Prime’s video streaming, but since Add-On items made Prime much less attractive, I decided to drop it.  But that’s another story.

Anyway, the point of this article – I grabbed my much-improved tablet today, only to find that all but one of the icons in the Trebuchet launcher were missing.  (Those are the shortcut icons that appear across the bottom of the screen.)  Now, you’d think this  wouldn’t be a problem worth mentioning, right?  If someone told me about this problem, I’d say, “So go and re-create the icons, you dolt.”

Here’s why it was a bigger problem for me:  The only way I know to access the app drawer (that is, the place where all of your apps are listed) is via one of the missing icons.  So I was stuck.

I googled around for a solution & found a bunch of dead ends.  In my tinkering, I tried moving the one icon that was still visible and lo and behold – the other icons were under it!  I have no idea how it happened, but somehow all of the icons that were once nicely spread across the bottom of my screen had become all piled up on top of each other.

I long-pressed each icon & dragged it back into its rightful position. Problem solved.