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Windows 7: Why do my desktop icons re-arrange themselves ?

20 Oct 2014   #1
SilverAl

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Why do my desktop icons re-arrange themselves ?

Hello,
I have a Toshiba laptop and use a separate monitor for photo editing because of the better quality detail.
However, when I connect the additional monitor to the laptop my well organised icons find themselves a new home on the desktop of both screens.
I understand that the reason for this is the different screen definition of the monitor but the icons do not return to the original location on the laptop when the additional monitor is disconnected. Is there a way to "lock" these icons to retain the original arrangement ?
Any "non teckie" idea's to resolve this would be appreciated.
Thank you.


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20 Oct 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Desktop icons can be a pain. You can avoid the problem if you organize your icons in taskbars. That's a lot more convenient and flexible.

Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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20 Oct 2014   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I use a program called DesktopOK to remember and restore Desktop icon positions.
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20 Oct 2014   #4
Shimshom

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When you right click your desktop and scroll to View is your "Auto Arrange Icons" ticked if it is then untick it and see if that helps
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21 Oct 2014   #5
SilverAl

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thank you all so much for your prompt and very helpful replies.
I have downloaded DesktopOK and this has solved my problem.
I am very grateful.
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21 Oct 2014   #6
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

You're welcome, glad that helped.
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