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    I use a rotatable monitor with Pivot software because I like to work in portrait. I also like to have my icons arranged in groups but these groups are forever getting jumbled up and I keep having to rearrange them. Sometimes it is because I have rotated the monitor and the arrangement won't fit the new aspect and sometimes it is because some other program upsets it.

    Is there a file somewhere that stores the layout of icons which I can copy and then reinstall when necessary?

    Right clicking on the desktop and selecting "arrange icons by" contains an item "Show in groups" which sounds like it ought to be useful to me but it is greyed out. Why might that be?

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    Welcome to the Lounge!!

    See if Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout in Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek helps. Should work for XP even though the title says Vista.

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    I'm not sure it will work for you when you rotate the monitor, but Stardock Fences keeps your desktop organized in groups.

    Perhaps it could be used in conjunction with the utility Joe mentioned to suit your purposes.
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    Thanks very much. I'll play around with these two items tomorrow.

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    I have tried this with commercial clients with great success, follow the directions :
    http://www.the-pc-guru.com/Desktop_i...hp?w=my_weblog.
    It has worked to solve odd desktop and icon placement behavior.

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    The option "Show in Groups" can be used to group files based on details such as the file type or date modified. It's not very useful for shortcuts, which is presumably why the option is not available for the desktop.

    See How To Arrange Files Using Folder Views in Windows XP for details.

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    "I'm not sure it will work for you when you rotate the monitor, but Stardock Fences keeps your desktop organized in groups."

    This is the utimate in keeping your icons organized. You create "fences" within which you put the icons. You can have a screen full of "fences" to keep organized. You can move the "fences" where you want them and fill them with icons. What I really like is the function that double clicking on your desktop will make all the fences and their contents to fade and disappear! Another double click and they all come back! I set up my desktop to be filled with fences and icons or perfectly empty of everything. Note: you can determine which icons will not disappear if you want some to remain always on your desktop.

    Try this out . . . and did I mention that Fences is free?

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    Stardock Fences. The answer to a prayer! Now my icons are all grouped together in their own little boxes. Best of all, now that I have taken snapshots of both landscape and portrait layouts, each layout is automatically recalled whenever I swivel my monitor. Not had such a neat and tidy desktop since the days of Windows 3.11 when Windows came with groupings.

    Many thanks for recommending this most useful of programmes.

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    Glad it worked out for you. I had forgotten about the Snapshot feature. I took one as a backup once I installed the program and got my layout setup, but you have found the perfect use for the feature.

    Thanks for posting back.
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    I have been using a small utility called "Iconoid" for quite some time now and find that it too gives me very good Icon control through multiple screen resolutions and when changing from single to multiple screens on my laptop.
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