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Windows 7: Lock Desktop Icon Positions?

19 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Lock Desktop Icon Positions?

I don't know if this is possible, but I thought I might give it a shot and ask.

Is it possible to lock desktop icons in position to form a custom desktop layout? I'm an architecture school student and use a wide variety of programs ranging from AutoCAD to Photoshop to Word, etc., and with the amount of files I need to create, save, and access, and the number of programs I need to use, I want to be able to have and maintain an organized desktop that won't go to shambles in the space of a few days. You'll see how I've arranged my folders and program shortcuts in the attached image, but now I'd like to find some way to lock them in their positions so they don't budge.

Right now, I have them aligned to the grid, but sometimes saving or downloading a file knocks them out of the grid into another spot. I've heard that turning off the grid alignment might take care of the problem, but if at all possible, I'd like them to be able to stay in their spot (for example, if I were to try and drag the icon out of place, it wouldn't move or would snap back to its designated position). Is there any way I can maintain this workspace?


P.S.: I know that some people may say that I should just remember to save and download to places other than the Desktop, but sometimes I unfortunately just have to do this stuff fast.

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19 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1

Welcome Rob, You could check out this app, it's supposed to remember icon position.
DesktopOK - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
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19 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7

I haven't looked at Fences yet for Win7 but it was great on XP. You can section off areas of the desktop if you want, so dropping a folder into a fenced off section will get arranged within that section, not the whole desktop. I had about 7 sections, it worked well for me with the opacity turned well down. It can also save all the positions. - Your Edge In Software
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07 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit

cheers derek, very good program desktopOK
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