Big Sur Blank Desktop Tab

I must say macOS Big Sur has been a little buggier than expected. I am hoping the 11.3 version (soon to be released) will fix some of this stuff. Some people are reporting the Desktop tab in the Desktop & Screen Saver Preference Pane is blank or grayed out. This has not happened to me. If it is happening to you, then read this article listing troubleshooting steps for a fix.