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eaglenester
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How do I keep program and shortcut icons from moving around on desktop at random?

 HP Desktop M# p6330f with Windows7

How do I keep program and shortcut icons from moving around on desktop at random?  When not in use,

I turn power off at the monitor and leave the CPU on.  When I return, I find several, sometimes numerous,

desktop icons have moved all over the desktop.  Why?? and more important .... How do I stop this from

happening?

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Big_Dave
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Re: How do I keep program and shortcut icons from moving around on desktop at random?

Hi,

 

Right mouse click on the desktop then select View.  Uncheck auto arrange icons and align icons to grid.

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eaglenester
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Re: How do I keep program and shortcut icons from moving around on desktop at random?

I did as you suggested, unclick "align icons to grid", and it was solving my problem, until last night. 
That is when Windows Update took place.  This morning I found my calender and weather gadgets,

along with about 2 dozen shortcut and other icons had been shifted around on my desktop.  Is there

anything that I can do to prevent this???

Also,the HP Advisor / PC Dock (an annoying item that I have no use for) returned to the top center

of my desktop. Is it safe to "Discard" the Dock, without affecting any of my operations???

Thanks for your previous help. I had a couple of peaceful mornings and evenings without having to

play "musical chairs" with my desktop.

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Big_Dave
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Re: How do I keep program and shortcut icons from moving around on desktop at random?

Hi,

 

If part of the Windows' update process applied a video driver update then you could have expereinced the same issue.

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Re: How do I keep program and shortcut icons from moving around on desktop at random?

The first way is to put back your icons where you want them then double click the desktop (empty space) and select Refresh that fixes it for most people however if you use themes this is what you need to do.


1. Right click on the desktop.

2. Choose "Personalize".

3. On the left hand side of this control pannel, click "Change desktop icons."

4. There is a box that is checked next to "Allow themes to change deskop icons." When you unchecked this box and restarted your computer, all your desktop icons will remain where you had them. shut down your computer completely and restart it all your desktop icons should have remained where they were.

 

Note: I had changed my original desktop background, so it seems that when this box was checked, Windows 7 would rearrange the icons based on how they thought the icons would best look with whatever desktop background you have.

Hope this helps.

 

 

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