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Windows 7: How to change Default Position for new Desktop Icons?


07 Apr 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How to change Default Position for new Desktop Icons?

Hello, question is the topic title. Google couldnt help me.

Reason for the question: I have two monitors, and on my second monitor I have all my icons/shortcuts/folders. When I download or save a file to the desktop it automatically is on my primary monitor at the top left position. :/

I hope you can help me. Thanks!

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07 Apr 2010   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome gorgos,


Do you have Align Icons Un-Checked ?


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07 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes, I have.
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07 Apr 2010   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I usually do not download anything directly to my desktop. I have several folders on the HD for all downloads.
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07 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Ok, but it is also when I install a program (which happens pretty often) and the program adds a shortcut to my desktop.
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07 Apr 2010   #6

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Yes, I have to agree with you. When I install a new prog with a short cut, it usually puts it on the left hand side. Then I can move it where I want it, if I don't have Align to grid checked.


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08 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

So, is there a registry key, an .ini file, a tool or anything that can add new icons automatically to my second monitor?
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07 Jul 2010   #8

windows 7
 
 

previously with XP, if i switched the connectors on my monitors, then switched the primary and secondary monitors in the display set-up, all files sent to the desktop would go to the empty, secondary monitor's desktop. while i still had the start menu on the primary. it was very useful because of all the files that i change formats and then quickly send in emails without the need for long term storage.

it doesn't seem like this "trick" works in windows 7 however and my primary monitor is cluttered with files that are not very important, intermingled with files that are more permanent and more often used.

any way to set which "desktop", or monitor, the files saved to the desktop go?

this is how i would like my files to end up. i frame frequently used folders and files around my email. previously with XP the "saved to desktop" files would default to the display on the RIGHT.

http://i30.tinypic.com/5fhf04.jpg

this is an example of my desktop from a few days ago. i'm having alternate issues... you can see that my saved files are will-nilly interspersed with my go-to files and folders. i do not like this. it makes me rage.

http://i28.tinypic.com/16otx0.jpg

anyone know how to make it so i don't rage?

Ben
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07 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

There is a default "downloads" folder... use that?

Stick your permanent desktop icons somewhere OTHER than the left side of the screen so that all new icons are clearly visible and not intermingled?

Otherwise, sorry, no
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07 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If I understand the question correctly. Do as posted above by DocBrown and un-check those auto or align things. Then just drag and drop, put them where you want them.
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