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Windows 7: Desktop rearranging after exiting any game/program

31 Jan 2014   #1

windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
Desktop rearranging after exiting any game/program

Like the title says,every time I leave another program or game, my desktop screen icons are all out of place.
I use Desktop OK_64 to arrange the icons which also can restore the desktop layout to a previous date if necessary. Presently, I just move them back to where they belong. This problem happened 3 days ago and I haven't installed any software prior to that. Any ideas?

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31 Jan 2014   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

The spot in the registry where Windows keeps track of folder layouts might be full or have bad data. Use the steps in the tutorial to reset that info back to the default state.

Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default

Then reposition your desktop shortcuts/icons and restart the computer.
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31 Jan 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I think it is a bad habit keeping more than 3 shortcuts on the desktop. I suggest to use a toolbar. That is a lot neater and does not scramble. Plus, the shortcuts can be accessed from anywhere.

Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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31 Jan 2014   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Screen Resolution

Do your games change your screen resolution? That could be a possible reason why your icons move.
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31 Jan 2014   #5

windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

Thanks everyone! UsernameIssues link did the trick for me!
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