So really broke my pop-os installation.
Somehow deleted my ~/Desktop folder which meant my desktop actually became /home/username. Populating The desktop with all the files.
I actually like to keep my desktop clean and minimal and so absent mindedly deleted all the files. As you can imagine that did not go down well.
Managed to fix it be recovering the home files from a backup but there still remained some issues.
Apparently nothing to do with my fuck up but rather some extensions that I downloaded for gnome-tweaks. Apparently they interfere with pop-shell and cause some overview and search issues. Bizarre.
till next time,