I wrote about a subscriber whose desktop icons would occasionally move and rearrange.
Several subscribers posted comments in my Terry’s Computer Tips blog to tell how they handled the problem of keeping the Windows desktop looking the way they wanted it to.
First, let’s look at the Larry Wagner’s suggestion:
There is a program which allows you to save your desktop configuration, which includes icon location. It’s called, "DeskInstU.MSI". It is freeware, leaving three choices with a right click menu on the desktop to do one of three things:
1) Save Desktop
2) Restore Desktop
3) Custom Save/Restore
http://forums.techarena.in/tips-tweaks/967108.htm for the download.
Then, Cindy Hartgerink posted another program solution to the problem:
I have been using a nifty free application called "Icon Restore". It has enabled me on several occasions to restore the order of my desktop icons when they get re-sorted.
You can download it at http://download.cnet.com/Icon-Restore/3000-2072_4-10163499.html
Here is CNET’s description:
"Icon Restore gives you the ability to save the placement of your desktop icons and restore them to their saved placement any time they get moved. Simply place your icons wherever you want them on your desktop, right click My Computer (or any system icon) and left click on ’save icon layout’ from the pop up menu.
If your icons ever get moved because your computer entered safe mode or you changed the screen resolution, right click My Computer and left click on ‘restore icon layout’ from the pop up menu. It is the perfect solution for anyone that needs to change the screen resolution frequently."
It works great with XP & Vista. Not sure about Win 7.
Rohn posted another program option:
I use a tool called Stardock Fences to keep my desktop icons under control. I have a 2 monitor setup and when I’m launching Windows my video card goes through several gyrations cycling through screen resolutions (ie starts with 640×480 first for some strange reason) which deranges all of my manual arrangement of icons. Fences helps keep things categorized.