Save Desktop Icon Arrangement


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C. Ward Yelverton

Booting into a lower screen resollution such as Safe Mode
or video driver update causes a auto rearrangement of my
carefully arranged desktop icons.
Is there a way to save the desktop icon layout and restore
it to my customized layout after a accidental
rearrangement?
 
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3c273

This one in particular is really small and works great.
http://www.pcnineoneone.com/tweaks/layout.zip

Save Desktop Icon Placement

Ever use Safe Mode? Ever use Safe Mode with a lot of desktop icons?
Bummer, huh? But there's a fix. Simply download Layout.zip and unzip it
into a temporary directory. Put layout.dll in \Windows\System (Windows
9x) or \Windows\System32 (NT4, Win2K) and merge layout.reg by
right-clicking the file and choosing Merge from the context menu.

What you'll get is two new entries on the context menu for desktop
system icons like My Computer and My Documents. These entries are Save
Desktop Icon Layout and Restore Desktop Icon Layout. So just
right-click My Computer, save your layout, and whenever you need to,
restore it just as easily. Don't forget to save them right away and
whenever you make a change.
 
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Torgeir Bakken (MVP)

C. Ward Yelverton said:
Booting into a lower screen resollution such as Safe Mode
or video driver update causes a auto rearrangement of my
carefully arranged desktop icons.
Is there a way to save the desktop icon layout and restore
it to my customized layout after a accidental
rearrangement?

Hi

ActivIcons (free)
http://www.cursorarts.com/ca_ai.html

EzDesk (US $15.00)
http://home.comcast.net/~ezwaretech/

WinTidy and IconLock from PC Magazine (you will need to register to download,
US $19.97)
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,23296,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,608,00.asp
 
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George Hester

The best one I think is on the Windows NT Workstation Resource Kit CD-ROM. There is a dll and a reg file that goes with it. restore.dll or something like that. In fact I have to bring mine over. Thanks for reminding me...
 
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Rick

I just tried it and nothing got added to my desktop context menu.
Same after a reboot, after enabling Active Desktop, and with
"ClassicViewState" either disabled or enabled. Any ideas?

Rick

The best one I think is on the Windows NT Workstation Resource Kit CD-ROM. There is a dll and a reg file that goes with it.
restore.dll or something like that. In fact I have to bring mine over. Thanks for reminding me...
 
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George Hester

No the option is in Right-click My Computer. You will see them there and you have to apply the reg file. Just putting the dll in will not work.
 
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Rick

Thanks George.

No the option is in Right-click My Computer. You will see them there and you have to apply the reg file. Just putting the dll in
will not work.
 

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