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Windows 7: Keep desktop icons from moving

06 Oct 2012   #1

Keep desktop icons from moving

I set the desktop icon in a logical order,but.
Every time I reboot or startup ,one or two of them have moved to a different location.
How do I keep them from moving around on boot?

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06 Oct 2012   #2

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See if this helps:

1. Right click on an empty part of the desktop and choose the 'View' option

2. Make sure that 'Align to grid' is checked and that 'Auto Arrange Icons' is unchecked
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06 Oct 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

You could also uncheck both Align to grid and Auto arrange. Put the icons where/wheir you want them and refresh the desktop. They should stay where/wheir you put them.
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07 Oct 2012   #4


I think both answers helped. At least they were in place this morning on start-up.
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07 Oct 2012   #5
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Put them into a toolbar - then they never move and are easy to structure and maintain. Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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