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Windows 7: Desktop icon shuffle

25 Mar 2016   #11
Emmar

W 7 Home Premium
 
 

LF, I like my desktop clean with only 3 of the original folders on it and one that use as a temporary place to put things I am working with.


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25 Mar 2016   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Emmar View Post
LF, I like my desktop clean with only 3 of the original folders on it and one that use as a temporary place to put things I am working with.
That's cool, a lot of people here like it like that. I was responding more for the benefit of the original poster who wanted to know how to lock down his icons.
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26 Mar 2016   #13
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can also check out DesktopOK which is freeware - DesktopOK 4.28 Save and restore the desktop icon positions..

I use Stardock Fences on my PC though, $10 last time I checked. Here is a short informative video of the paid version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9-xDAnfYlI.

FencesPublic1.01 (current is 2+ by the way) works with Win7 and free for basic functionality. However, version 1 (paid or not) has an issue with Win 8-8.1 and 10. The icons are locked in place and can't be dragged while Fences is running. Cut and pasting to a desired location works.

Hope this helps.
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26 Mar 2016   #14
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Locking down the icons is not the same as keeping them locked down. There are a few ways that programs and utilities can scramble the locked down icons. And, by keeping desktop clean -- one can actually see and enjoy the background picture.

For LadyF:
What did the chicken say when it crossed the road??
"Nothing. It didn't make it."
-- roadkill in 'o bucket, huh?
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26 Mar 2016   #15
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Locking down the icons is not the same as keeping them locked down. There are a few ways that programs and utilities can scramble the locked down icons. And, by keeping desktop clean -- one can actually see and enjoy the background picture.
Curious. It hasn't been a problem for me. Once I hit Refresh, my icons stay put.
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05 May 2016   #16
Newmaven

win7 Pro x64
 
 

I didn't know about the Refresh trick (I'll see how it works), so I have been using DesktopOK, which lets you save icon layouts and then restore to a saved layout later if need be. This might also be useful if you want to be able to switch between multiple layouts.

Gotta say that Win 7 scatters its icons dramatically less often then XP, 98, 95, 3,x......
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05 May 2016   #17
Tranceman

Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
 
 

I've been using the "refresh" button for years and it's been working although once in a while for some unknown reason a desktop icon might move from its place but overall yeah the refresh trick will do however, what I don't understand is why if I use Safe Mode and then go back to normal mode all my icons are rearranged and are all over the place and I'd have to rearrange them again one by one. Again, this only happens after using Safe Mode and it happens every time.
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05 May 2016   #18
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

One reason is, they move around when resolution changes. At least this was the case for me when I first started using surround vision (that's also when I looked for solutions and found about Fences). So some games for example can re-arrange them. Safe mode is a lower resolution, perhaps this change also invokes movement?
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