switching windows users causes desktop icons to move


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Gene

When I log off one windows user and sign on another user the desktop icons
are moved on the desktop.

desktop icons are located where I want them and they do not move unless I
drag them to a new location on the desktop except when I log off one user and
log on another user.

How can I get desktop icons to stay where I put them.

( I have unchecked name, size, type, modified, auto arrange,& align to grid.
Until I set up another windows user and began signing off & on different
users the desktop icons stayed where I put them).

Thanks for the assistance
Gene
 
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Mark L. Ferguson

What you're seeing is expected behavior for user accounts. Each account has
a separate 'desktop' folder. Using an administrator to look at the folders
in Documents and Settings would show this to you. Each of those folders has
a hidden file called 'desktop.ini' containing the data about where and how
you arrange icons, and all the other desktop configurations. You might allow
hidden files (and file extensions) in Folder Options app in Control panel,
then copy one ini to the other desktop folder.

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Shenan Stanley

Gene said:
When I log off one windows user and sign on another user the
desktop icons are moved on the desktop.

desktop icons are located where I want them and they do not move
unless I drag them to a new location on the desktop except when I
log off one user and log on another user.

How can I get desktop icons to stay where I put them.

( I have unchecked name, size, type, modified, auto arrange,& align
to grid. Until I set up another windows user and began signing off
& on different users the desktop icons stayed where I put them).

You seem to be saying you have a computer with multiple users... Let's call
them "Gene" and "Audry".

You are logged in with "Gene" and utilizing the computer and have
meticulously arranged the desktop the way you (let's call you "Gene" as
well - coincidence? I think not) desire the icons to be laid out.

You decide to log off and log in as "Audry" (you have multiple personalities
or you actually logged off and are allowing "Audry" - someone else - to log
into the computer) and you are asking now - why is the desktop layout
different?

It is because what you have is a true multi-user environment. Everyone gets
their own desktop to layout in whatever way they desire. Yes - there are
shared areas (the "All Users" desktop, the "All Users" start menu, etc...) -
but the layout of desktop is a completely 'personalized' thjing - each new
user account gets to choose what their desktop looks like. Background
picture/color, desktop icon layout (and even what is on the desktop in the
case of icons *except* for the shared area), etc...

So what you need to undertsand that a different user account is just that -
*a different user account*. ;-)
 
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Gene

Sorry I wasn't clear in my post which I now realize.

The issue is that when I log back into the previous user (either account)
the desktop is different than it was originally when I signed out. So upon
signing in to either user account it is not as it was upon signing out the
previous time.
 

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