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Windows 7: Desktop icon grid changes when using extended desktop

25 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Desktop icon grid changes when using extended desktop

Hi, I have a really annoying problem with desktop icons.
I use 2 monitors. 1920x1200 is the main dislay and 1600x1200 is another one for extended desktop. The thing is that I don't need it all the time so I'd like to switch the extended desktop on and off when I need it. Problem is that entering the ex. desktop just somehow changes the grid (it seems that the grid becomes more compressed in vertical direction). That means that it always messes my icons up. I really don't know why do the Windows change the grid when I do not change the reolution or just anything that could possibly affect the main screen. Can I do anything about it?


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26 May 2012   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums APrince. I suspect the issue is caused by the different resolutions of the 2 screens. Does the primary desktop display revert to normal when the desktop isn't extended? (I am assuming it does). I'd suggest if you want to keep the original layout while in extended mode, that you try the Free Fences, and see if it can maintain the layout while extended. Or try IconRestorer which enables you to save up to two layouts for each resolution.

A Guy
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28 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hi, thank's for the reply.

Actually those two images, they are of the very same resolution. The only thing that happens is that switching the extended desktop on just shrinks the icon grid on the main display (and in vertical direction only). I don't see any reason for this to happen so I thought that it may be easily solved. Could just some registry entry help or something?

I tried the iconRestorer but it didn't actually worked for me. I just never loaded the saved state. But that was on another computer so I may try it on this one...
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