Tidy up desktop icons and prevent them from being rearranged with this Windows program.
If your Windows desktop icons get rearranged without you doing anything or making any changes or someone else moves them around, this small utility keeps them in place.
Occasionally when I boot my computer up, my desktop icons are rearranged or moved. I have two monitors, it's disconcerting to find several icons moved to the other monitor and seemingly stacked one atop another, so they have to be moved one at a time to the original monitor. They haven't moved since I installed DeskLock.
For DeskLock to work properly, it needs to be installed as Administrator. After downloading and unzipping DeskLock, open the folder, right click on DeskLock.exe and choose Run as administrator. Note that opening an elevated command prompt and installing DeskLock doesn't lock the desktop. It doesn't allow anything on the desktop to be moved, but if you click and drag an icon, it will move from its position and be automatically inserted into the next available space while the other icons shift a space to maintain position.
You may want to arrange your desktop the way you prefer before installing DeskLock. You can easily enable and disable the program by double clicking the icon in the system tray, but arranging icons in your preferred configuration before you install the program could save some time. Any new desktop icons will be added to next available space in the grid.
After installation, DeskLock creates an icon in the system tray. You can change the options by right clicking the icon in the system tray. There's an option to uncheck Enable (disables the program) and the Settings menu has more options; check or uncheck Lock icons, Disable right mouse button, Start disabled, and Show class.
Lock icons and Disable right mouse button are enabled by default. If you use the context menu often, you might want to enable the right mouse button. Other settings set up a Hotkey to disable DeskLock and add classes to lock.
DeskLock is one of many useful programs developed by Donation Coder skrommel and is written in AutoHotKey. If you download the file, you also get the script.
DeskLock runs on most versions of Windows from XP to 10. While VirusTotal returns one flag, other malware programs and scanners show it as clean.
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