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Windows 7: New icons location in Desktop

07 Feb 2010   #11
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tctom View Post
Andexls,
Take another look at the Icon Tools at CNET and look for DesktopOK. I think that's what you're looking for. At least it is what I was looking for - Thanks Derek.
I rely on desktop shortcuts instead of using the Start Menu for the stuff I use the most. Every version of Windows I've ever used has tended to re-arrange the icons periodically. I use EzDesk on my XP computer, but of course, that program doesn't work on Win 7.

Derek,
Do you know where Win 7 stores the icon position information? A file or a registry entry?

Tom
You're Welcome.
Icons them selves are in a few different places, as for the position info, I can't answer that one. I'm sure someone here knows though.


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07 Feb 2010   #12
edilee012

Win7 64
 
 

I understand your issue and try this if you haven't already...right click your desktop out in open space and select "sort by" and make sure there are NO checks beside any of the options. By default anything new added to your desktop be it downloads, new icons, etc will be placed at the next available slot to the right which is what you are wanting. Also are the downloaded files in the the pic you provided downloaded through a program like a torrent or other filesharing program? If so create a folder where you want it in your documents or on desktop specifically for those downloads and from within the download program select all downloaded files to be stored in that folder, this is normally done by default. IE downloads are saved where you select them to go when you download the files by default.

Check to make sure none of those options are selected and it sounds like the "date modified" one might be selected.

The other thing these other responders are talking about is an icon saver program which is not what you need but search for "desktop icon position saver" should get you to the one I have that works like a charm. I asked about this in the Vista forums related to this site and someone provided a link for the one I am using plus Solway's makes one also. I had to get this because of updating Nvidia vid card drivers with SLI active rearranges my icons every time I update the drivers.
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07 Feb 2010   #13
derekimo

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The other thing these other responders are talking about is an icon saver program which is not what you need but search for "desktop icon position saver
That is what I was pointing out. A desktop icon position saver.


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07 Feb 2010   #14
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Yup I recommend DesktopOK as well. Great program, keeps your icons in place after games or screen resolution changes.

Free Software Download February 7th 2010
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09 Feb 2010   #15
tctom

 
 
Mystery Factors to Desktop Being Re-arranged

I can't say for absolute certain, but I believe that the Windows Update functionality also sometimes has the effect of re-arranging desktop icons. Since I started using Win 7 late last year there had been maybe 2 times when my desktop "mysteriously" re-arranged itself -- until this last week when it did it twice in the course of 2 days with restarts. The last 2 days it has been stable again.
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09 Feb 2010   #16
Mork74

win 7 64
 
 

why would you want a messy desktop anyway, even if is organized it smessy with so many icons

win 7 with its pinned task bar and sidebar application apps means all i have is 4 game icons and 2 others:

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09 Feb 2010   #17
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mork74 View Post
why would you want a messy desktop anyway, even if is organized it smessy with so many icons

win 7 with its pinned task bar and sidebar application apps means all i have is 4 game icons and 2 others:


To each his own, I'm sure that is what is suits their needs. I don't have any on mine but that's personal preference.
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10 Feb 2010   #18
Mork74

win 7 64
 
 

i did have similar issue on install, every boot all icons were back to left of screen

no matter where i put they would not save


the solution i found was to move to where i want then right click desktop and choose refresh, they now stay where i put them
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29 Mar 2010   #19
tctom

 
 

Ok, so it's been over a month since my last post to this topic. About a week or 2 ago my desktop suddenly started rearranging all of my icons on the left side of the desktop. I haven't changed anything that I am aware of but I have gotten Windows updates.
Has anybody else experienced a similiar change?
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30 Mar 2010   #20
Mork74

win 7 64
 
 

as before, yes we did and yes we gave you the fix
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