Desktop Icons Get Rearranged


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Steve

I have a strong preference toward grouping related icons together in a
horizontal row on my desktop. Unfortunately, opening the desktop with a
different display resolution (e.g. booting to safe mode) lets Windows
rearrange anything that bumps the edge of 640x480, and certain events
can completely scramble my desktop. I've never been able to find where
the location info is stored for the desktop icons, although I certainly
understand that the "desktop" is actually just special treatment of a
Desktop directory buried deep under Documents and Settings. Does anyone
here know where the location info is stored, and/or how I can save that
info in a way that allows me to easily restore it after Windoze "helps"
me by scrambling my desktop? Since I've never been able to find
anything in a directory (I have system and hidden directories turned
on), I assume it's buried deep in the registry, but I've never been
able to find anything there either. I'm not at all bashful about
editing the registry, or saving a sub-branch to a file and restoring
from there, if that's what's called for.

Steve Hendrix
 
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Steve Parry

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Steve said:
I have a strong preference toward grouping related icons together in a
horizontal row on my desktop. Unfortunately, opening the desktop with
a different display resolution (e.g. booting to safe mode) lets
Windows rearrange anything that bumps the edge of 640x480, and
certain events can completely scramble my desktop. I've never been
able to find where the location info is stored for the desktop icons,
although I certainly understand that the "desktop" is actually just
special treatment of a Desktop directory buried deep under Documents
and Settings. Does anyone here know where the location info is
stored, and/or how I can save that info in a way that allows me to
easily restore it after Windoze "helps" me by scrambling my desktop?
Since I've never been able to find anything in a directory (I have
system and hidden directories turned on), I assume it's buried deep
in the registry, but I've never been able to find anything there
either. I'm not at all bashful about editing the registry, or saving
a sub-branch to a file and restoring from there, if that's what's
called for.

Steve Hendrix

Log in under a different user name.

I always use my own profile for normal use and the administrator profile
when making nay safe mode access. This retains your desktop settings.

Also look at

http://www.nthelp.com/50/save_desktop_layout.htm

This allows a context menu to appear when you righ click certain desktop
icons (recycle bin etc) that allows you to save and restore layouts
 
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Steve Parry

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Sid Knee said:
You referred me to this also some weeks ago Steve, and I have to say
it works perfectly. Solves the whole problem. Thanks again!

You're welcome ... Happy New Year BTW :)
 

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