File that stores icon layout on screen.


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Michael Swift

I'm having difficulty when I wake the computer from sleep, sometimes it
works other times it wakes the computer but not the screen.

If this happens I press the sleep button give it a minute and try to
wake again, this usually works.

The problem is the icons on my nice ordered screen go all over the
place, it's not a great job to put them all back but it's a pain

Does anyone know the name of the file in Windows 7 that orders the
desktop?, I could make a copy then just paste it back when the problems
happen.

Mike
 
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Dave-UK

Michael Swift said:
I'm having difficulty when I wake the computer from sleep, sometimes it
works other times it wakes the computer but not the screen.

If this happens I press the sleep button give it a minute and try to
wake again, this usually works.

The problem is the icons on my nice ordered screen go all over the
place, it's not a great job to put them all back but it's a pain

Does anyone know the name of the file in Windows 7 that orders the
desktop?, I could make a copy then just paste it back when the problems
happen.

Mike
I think the settings are buried in the registry somewhere.
I've found that re-starting explorer.exe will return moved icons back to where they were.
I have a small batch file on the desktop to re-start explorer.

@echo off
echo ### Killing Explorer
taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
echo ### Starting Explorer
start explorer.exe
exit
 
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Paul

Michael said:
I'm having difficulty when I wake the computer from sleep, sometimes it
works other times it wakes the computer but not the screen.

If this happens I press the sleep button give it a minute and try to
wake again, this usually works.

The problem is the icons on my nice ordered screen go all over the
place, it's not a great job to put them all back but it's a pain

Does anyone know the name of the file in Windows 7 that orders the
desktop?, I could make a copy then just paste it back when the problems
happen.

Mike
http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-7/desktop-icons-keep-moving-in-windows-7/5758.html

"There was a box that was checked next to

"Allow themes to change desktop icons"

When I unchecked this box and restarted my computer,
all my desktop icons remained where I had them. I
both shut down my computer completely and restarted
my computer and after both times, all my desktop
icons remained where they were."

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/921-desktop-icons-allow-prevent-themes-change.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/263917-how-save-arrangement-my-desktop-icons.html

"see if the free program DeskSave or DesktopOK may work
for you for saving desktop icons and positions"

And I was able to find more trivia related to
Allow themes to change desktop icons. Some repairs
actually require regedit :)

HTH,
Paul
 
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Michael Swift

http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-7/desktop-icons-keep-moving-
in-windows-7/5758.html

"There was a box that was checked next to

"Allow themes to change desktop icons"

When I unchecked this box and restarted my computer,
all my desktop icons remained where I had them. I
both shut down my computer completely and restarted
my computer and after both times, all my desktop
icons remained where they were."

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/921-desktop-icons-allow-prevent-
themes-change.html

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/263917-how-save-
arrangement-my-desktop-icons.html

"see if the free program DeskSave or DesktopOK may work
for you for saving desktop icons and positions"

And I was able to find more trivia related to
Allow themes to change desktop icons. Some repairs
actually require regedit :)
Many thanks, and to Dave-UK, for the help, I'll look into both solutions
tomorrow.

It's in the low 30s here at the moment and I've had a few cold beers,
past experience has taught me not to mess with computers after drink has
been taken :)

Mike
 
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slate_leeper

I'm having difficulty when I wake the computer from sleep, sometimes it
works other times it wakes the computer but not the screen.

If this happens I press the sleep button give it a minute and try to
wake again, this usually works.

The problem is the icons on my nice ordered screen go all over the
place, it's not a great job to put them all back but it's a pain

Does anyone know the name of the file in Windows 7 that orders the
desktop?, I could make a copy then just paste it back when the problems
happen.

Mike

I use a nice little utility called Desktop Restore by Jamie O'Connell.
It becomes a "right-click" option for the desktop that allows you to
save the current desktop icon layout. Restoring the layout is just
another simple right-click choice. You can also save multiple layouts,
say for different screen resolutions.

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Michael Swift

slate_leeper said:
I use a nice little utility called Desktop Restore by Jamie O'Connell. It
becomes a "right-click" option for the desktop that allows you to save the
current desktop icon layout. Restoring the layout is just another simple
right-click choice. You can also save multiple layouts, say for different
screen resolutions.
I was about to post that it doesn't work until I did another search and
found a 64 bit version.

Thanks for the info, it seems to work fine now.

Mike
 
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Zaidy036

I'm having difficulty when I wake the computer from sleep, sometimes it
works other times it wakes the computer but not the screen.

If this happens I press the sleep button give it a minute and try to
wake again, this usually works.

The problem is the icons on my nice ordered screen go all over the
place, it's not a great job to put them all back but it's a pain

Does anyone know the name of the file in Windows 7 that orders the
desktop?, I could make a copy then just paste it back when the problems
happen.

Mike
Fences from Stardock returns to your layout IF all icons are in a fence
http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/
 
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J. P. Gilliver (John)

In message <[email protected]>, Dave-UK
I think the settings are buried in the registry somewhere.
[]
I fear he's right. There are lots of remember-desktop-layout utilities
though, some of which have been mentioned in this thread - my favourite
is EzDesk, which I've been using for longer than I can remember, but I
fear doesn't work under 7; second is iconoid (http://www.sillysot.com/ -
yes, really), which does.
 
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Michael Swift

J. P. Gilliver (John) said:
I think the settings are buried in the registry somewhere.
[]
I fear he's right. There are lots of remember-desktop-layout utilities though,
some of which have been mentioned in this thread - my favourite is EzDesk,
which I've been using for longer than I can remember, but I fear doesn't
work under 7; second is iconoid (http://www.sillysot.com/ - yes, really),
which does.
I installed Desktop Restore as recommended by slate_leeper, had my first
non wake from sleep with it running yesterday, it restored my desktop in
a flash, I did need the 64 bit version though.

Mike
 

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