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    Icon positions

    After a crash today, Win2k has started messing up my desktop icon positions. I have a program that restores them but they don't stick. If I reboot, they go back to all left aligned on the screen. They even go back DURING a Win session seemingly on their own. If I click refresh on the right-clcik desktop menu, they left align again. I've tried deleting Shelliconcache but that hasn;t helped.

    Is there a registry setting I can check that will make them retain their positions?

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    Re: Icon positions

    Dave,

    Is it late at night for you?
    <hr>Spunds like the "Auto Arrange" is check on.<hr>
    looks like at least two typos for an introductory sentence...

    StuartR

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    Re: Icon positions

    Sounds like the "Auto Arrange" is checked on. Right click the desktop, then select "Arrange Icons by" and make sure that there is NOT a check mark on the "Auto Arrange"


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    Good catch, and no it is not late at night, just a Sunday PM in the Greater Seattle area [evil;grin]

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Icon positions

    No, "auto arrange" is not on. That would be too easy <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>. I was away from the PC all day and when I returned this evening, the icons were back left aligned on desktop and no one had touched the PC. It's been 7 months since I rebuilt Win2k. Looks like it is getting time to do it again. Or maybe time to switch to XP, sigh.

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    Re: Icon positions

    You might turn on auto arrange and then restart and then turn off the auto arrange, Some times one just needs to give Windows a swift kick in the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Icon positions

    > I have a program that restores them but they don't stick.

    What program is that? Maybe there's a bug in it and it needs an update?

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    Re: Icon positions

    Edited by WyllyWylly to add URL code. See the Quick Guide. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    That program is EZDesk. It will restore the icons, but the problem is that they weren't sticking after reboot and were resetting them during a session occasionally. However, it hasn't been updated in quite a while. I also have a function from Matrox that was supposed to restore icons, among other things. But that didn't work at all, which of course, I found out when I needed them reset. Which is why I went back to the old EZDesk.

    However, last night I came across a freeware program called Iconoid from http://www.sillyware.com. This seems to be doing the job and has some interesting other facilities, like ability to set transpancency on Win2k and higher. And after a reboot, icons seem to sticking (at least for the time being). I generally haven't had any problems with icons losing positions in the nearly 2 years I have been using it, until now. But I will keep Iconoid running for now as insurance and see what happens.

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