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Windows 7: [Windows 7 Pro] How do I unlock icons on the desktop?

27 Jul 2016   #1
EmilyAdler

Win 7
 
 
[Windows 7 Pro] How do I unlock icons on the desktop?

My computer has decided to lock all the icons on the desktop e.g. they can not be moved.

Some info:
  • Align to or from grid does nothing.
  • Restarting doesn't help.
  • The icons can be selected, used and renamed.
I simply can not move them. Never had this happen before.
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27 Jul 2016   #2
AmericanPharaoh

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

R/Click on Desktop>View>Remove check mark from "Auto Arrange Icons"...that it.

John
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27 Jul 2016   #3
EmilyAdler

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AmericanPharaoh View Post
R/Click on a blank area on the Desktop>View>Remove check mark from Auto Arrange Icons...that it.

John
As I wrote above, this does nothing. Besides, with align or auto arrange you can still move the icons around, and they will realign to a new position on the grid. My icons are not aligned to any grid, and yet they can not be moved at all.
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27 Jul 2016   #4
mitchell65

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

Hi EmilyAdler and welcome to the Forum.
Try just pressing the Esc key three times!
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27 Jul 2016   #5
EmilyAdler

Win 7
 
 

The problem has suddenly disappeared. Weird. I have done nothing. I will restart and see if it comes back.
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27 Jul 2016   #6
mitchell65

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

That's what I call "Long distance problem solving":)
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29 Jul 2016   #7
AmericanPharaoh

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

We can consider this issue solved.
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