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Windows 7: Saving and restoring desktop icon layouts

12 Sep 2011   #1
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 
Saving and restoring desktop icon layouts

Does anyone know of a utility for saving and restoring desktop icon layouts? I could use such a program when I use iRotate. This program jumbles the desktop icons after rotating the monitor, and I'd like to be able to put them back to their places quickly. Nothing in iRotate can do that.

I'm aware of DesktopOK, but I wonder if anyone knows any other programs or utilities for this purpose.

Thanks.


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12 Sep 2011   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

64 bit limits you. I wrote one for 32 bit a long time ago. But I found this:

Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout in Windows Vista - How-To Geek

You can likely find a bunch on Softpedia and the other freeware sites.

My solution was just not using desktop icons. I use RocketDock with folders of categorized apps and utilities, stacks and other launchers. Somewhere there should be one that's not done as a shell extension. In that case it would work on both 32 and 64 bit systems. You might try AutoHotKey forums and see if anyone there wrote one in AHK.

They should be able to get the icons from the desktop ListView. If so that would get around the "bitness" of the shell. I just went around with it so many times I'm sick of it. Plus it's been done a zillion times. You just have to search.

edit: also see this entry:
http://www.start64.com/index.php?opt...2241&Itemid=72
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13 Sep 2011   #3
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

MilesAhead: Thanks. I'll check the links.
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14 Sep 2011   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
screen shot

Just the excuse I needed to show my icon-free desktop. I use a double height Taskbar to give me more room for buttons and system tray icons. I like to use a lot of little gimmicky hotkey utilities. Some I wrote. Some 3rd party.

On boot I set the work area to leave a gap by RocketDock. That way when I maximize a window it doesn't cover RD. It's simpler and better than setting RD to auto-hide or stay on top.

Here's a 1/2 scale image:

(The blue square in the lower right corner isn't really an icon. It's a drop target for Free Download Manager.)

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21 Sep 2011   #5
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Is that a screensaver?
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21 Sep 2011   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Nope. Just a fractal flame wallpaper.

There are several free fractal flame generators/editors for Windows.
I made it with this one:

Apophysis 7X | Download Apophysis 7X software for free at SourceForge.net
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24 Sep 2011   #7
gogreen

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
 
 

Cool. Thanks.
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25 Sep 2011   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Fences

I also autohide the few icons I may have on my desktop

A Guy
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