Desktop icons keep changing place


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Mitch Bujard

I am using Windows 7 and find it quite stable and fine, but there is
still a very annoying thing : desktop icons keep moving around at
random. How can Microsoft release a system where this kind of bug is
not fixed ?

Is there a way to have icons placed on the desktop stay where I put them ?

TIA for any help.
 
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G. Ross

Mitch said:
I am using Windows 7 and find it quite stable and fine, but there is
still a very annoying thing : desktop icons keep moving around at
random. How can Microsoft release a system where this kind of bug is
not fixed ?

Is there a way to have icons placed on the desktop stay where I put them ?

TIA for any help.
If you find an answer let us know. All mine stay put except the
games (hearts, freecell, etc. I also still don't have an answer to
the notification bar keeping the icons hidden or unhidden as I set them.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I am using Windows 7 and find it quite stable and fine, but there is
still a very annoying thing : desktop icons keep moving around at
random. How can Microsoft release a system where this kind of bug is
not fixed ?

Is there a way to have icons placed on the desktop stay where I put them ?

TIA for any help.
Maybe they're not aware of it. It doesn't seem to happen to me.

But there are programs (many of them free) that can save your icon
arrangement and restore the arrangement from the backup when unwanted
changes occur.

There is also Fences, which creates something like folders on the
desktop - except that the contents are visible without having to open
them, so they're more like transparent folders. Or glass cases. Or pick
you own simile, such as...fences :)
 
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Buffalo

"Mitch Bujard" wrote in message
I am using Windows 7 and find it quite stable and fine, but there is still
a very annoying thing : desktop icons keep moving around at random. How can
Microsoft release a system where this kind of bug is not fixed ?

Is there a way to have icons placed on the desktop stay where I put them ?

TIA for any help.
Are they moving about without rebooting or just after a reboot?
Do you have 'Auto Arrange' checked (on a blank spot on the desktop, rt click
and select 'View')?
 
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Peter Jason

I am using Windows 7 and find it quite stable and fine, but there is
still a very annoying thing : desktop icons keep moving around at
random. How can Microsoft release a system where this kind of bug is
not fixed ?

Is there a way to have icons placed on the desktop stay where I put them ?

TIA for any help.

Click the mouse for "Save Desktop" and then
"restore Desktop" when reqd. Works for me.
Sometimes the icons shuffle a bit with upgrades.
 
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Jeff Layman

Click the mouse for "Save Desktop" and then
"restore Desktop" when reqd.
Where did you find that? I can't see it on the right-click menu in my
Win7HPx64.
 
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Art Todesco

"Mitch Bujard" wrote in message

Are they moving about without rebooting or just after a reboot?
Do you have 'Auto Arrange' checked (on a blank spot on the desktop, rt
click and select 'View')?
Mine generally stay put, but, occasionally, they move. W7, at times,
when it needs to place a new icon on the desktop, will put it in the far
upper left or sometime, just anywhere it pleases. Pretty aggravating.
On right click, view, I have "auto arrange icons" and show desktop icons
and gadgets checked. If I uncheck the auto arrange thing, new icons are
just placed anywhere and then you have to play with them. So, the auto
arrange icons seems the least aggravating thing for me ... I just have
to occasionally look around for a new icon.
 
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Mitch Bujard

"Mitch Bujard" wrote in message news:[email protected]
Are they moving about without rebooting or just after a reboot?
Do you have 'Auto Arrange' checked (on a blank spot on the desktop, rt
click and select 'View')?
It was after reboot.

I guess after reading all the posts, I have finally found a way to keep
my icons where I want them.

The autoarrange was not checks, but align to gid was, as well as
"display widgets". I uncked both, and voila ! After reboot or restart,
the icons no longer play pikaboo.

I am so grateful for all the support I got here.

Thank you :)
 
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Jeff Layman

Maybe it's an add-on ?
That was my thinking, but sometimes wonder if something is hidden deep
inside Win7 and I haven't discovered it yet. :)
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Where did you find that? I can't see it on the right-click menu in my
Win7HPx64.
I have it on mine, but your posts and Paul's made me think (I should
watch that stuff - thinking can be dangerous).

Sure enough, I've loaded a third-party program for that - which, funny
enough, I never use :)
 
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Paul

Gene said:
I have it on mine, but your posts and Paul's made me think (I should
watch that stuff - thinking can be dangerous).

Sure enough, I've loaded a third-party program for that - which, funny
enough, I never use :)
That's for confirming that. I was worried it was there by default :)

Microsoft should color the "foreign" entries with a yellow background,
so we know they're a hack.

Paul
 
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Peter Jason

Where did you find that? I can't see it on the right-click menu in my
Win7HPx64.
I thought it was there always. Though it may
have come down with a Win7 update.
 
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Jeff Layman

I thought it was there always. Though it may
have come down with a Win7 update.
I think you'll find you installed a 3rd-party utility sometime which
allows you to do that. It definitely isn't part of Win7 ( I have all
Win7 updates).
 
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Oldster

I am using Windows 7 and find it quite stable and fine, but there is
still a very annoying thing : desktop icons keep moving around at
random. How can Microsoft release a system where this kind of bug is not
fixed ?

Is there a way to have icons placed on the desktop stay where I put them ?

TIA for any help.


After I change any desktop icons, I right-click the desktop then check
"refresh". That seems to hold them in position for me across various
restarts and reloads. (W7 64bit Ultimate)
 
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