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Windows 7: icons moving on desktop

15 Mar 2010   #1
guybc

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
icons moving on desktop

windows 7 frequently moves my icons around in a haphazard fashion so that I never know where anythinig is.
Is there a way to stop this?


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15 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

Make sure it is not set to auto arrange.

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15 Mar 2010   #3
CassieFWinTeam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yep, as Mr. King says - you may have your desktop icons set to automatically arrange. If they are automatically arranged, they have been stacked in the upper-left corner and locked in placed.
To unlock the icons so that you can move them again, clear the check mark next to Auto arrange icons (as King has showed you) and you should have full management of your icons.

Let us know what happens.

Cheers,
Cassandra
Microsoft Windows Outreach
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16 Mar 2010   #4
guybc

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks for the replies.
I should have mentioned that autoarrange is not checked.
A thought! Possibly this was not happening before I installed the windows security program.
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16 Mar 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello guybc, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you're referring to "MS Security Essentials" at the link below, I don't believe it could have anything to do with moving icons around on the desktop.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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16 Mar 2010   #6
motc7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guybc View Post
windows 7 frequently moves my icons around in a haphazard fashion so that I never know where anythinig is.
Is there a way to stop this?
also you might want to uncheck Arrange Icons to Grid.

If that doesn't work, I found this thing that works wonders. It's a work around but works nonetheless.

MIDIOX


I got this from this thread btw originally.

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17 Mar 2010   #7
guybc

windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Many thanks!
Midiox has fixed the problem.
This is a very valuable site.
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17 Mar 2010   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello guybc.



We're glad you found a solution that worked for you; thanks for the update!
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17 Mar 2010   #9
motc7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guybc View Post
Many thanks!
Midiox has fixed the problem.
This is a very valuable site.
Totally awesome! Kudos to this site for posting it.
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