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Old 02. Aug 2013, 03:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Unchecking "Auto arrange icons" automatically turns sorting off, guys.
To be more exact, this is my finding:

Unchecking "Auto arrange icons" automatically unchecks the sort option (exactly as pointed out by Remah ). You can then move the icons around or to the far right on the desktop.

A click at the sort by name, size or others re-arranges the icons by the system, irrespective of whether "Auto arrange icons" is checked or unchecked.

A simple thing now sounds so complicated to me.
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Old 02. Aug 2013, 05:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ah! So, that's how the sorting option gets disabled. Makes sense. Learned something new today ... thanks guys.
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Old 02. Aug 2013, 08:49 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Nevertheless, if you change the resolution or run a program which does it or a program which puts its own layout on the system (which I have had to do many times) then the icons go all over the place. This has happened to me over 30 years with EVERY Windows sytem and many new computers plus many computers I have used elswhere. It is just one of those things that Microshaft has never had any intention of fixing and we have to live with it. If you are one of those folks who bought (or built) their PC and never changed anything at all but used it as is then you probably never get the problem.
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Old 02. Aug 2013, 09:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Nevertheless, if you change the resolution or run a program which does it or a program which puts its own layout on the system (which I have had to do many times) then the icons go all over the place. This has happened to me over 30 years with EVERY Windows sytem and many new computers plus many computers I have used elswhere. It is just one of those things that Microshaft has never had any intention of fixing and we have to live with it. If you are one of those folks who bought (or built) their PC and never changed anything at all but used it as is then you probably never get the problem.
I've known this annoyance for a long time For me it's generally a result of running games that change the desktop resolution and then on quitting the game, my icons have all moved.

There's a nice solution though from SoftwareOk.com (developer of Q-Dir among other things), called Desktop OK.

Desktop OK saves icon layouts according to screen resolution, so when your icons get shifted around you can just restore the layout according to whatever resolution you're working in at the time.

It's a tiny program (137k here including .ini) and doesn't need to be installed. It also includes a few nifty extras such as Alt-Drag functionality (Alt+left button to move windows when clicked anywhere and Alt+right button for resizing windows in the same way ... invaluable when windows get opened or budged off screen), change z-order with Alt+mousewheel, cascade/tile windows, and hide icons/cursor by time-out (very welcome if like me you don't really like a desktop covered with icons). It even has a "Punch the Icons" button which shifts them all to random positions, just in case Windows neglects to do this for you one day

I'm sure I sound like an advert for SoftwareOK sometimes, but he does make great programs!
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Old 02. Aug 2013, 02:16 PM   #15 (permalink)
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today icons are scattered all over. this is after a period of 24 hours of non computer use, and it was placed in sleep mode. i will try the suggestions one by one as the experienced folks offered.

still no problem in use/functionability noticed. i seen almost everyone has expierienced this, but this is my first dealing with the matter.

my main concern was some new glitch or "ware" had sprang up and was slowly going deeper into computer.

worthy of noting also is this........ as i am typing this, my computer is physically plugged into wall socket. my computer went to a black screen, for approximately 2 minutes, then shut completely off. i re started computer and it brought me back to this post and i was still logged in.

thank you all for your time and responses, i sincerely mean this.....this is my favorite site on the www.

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Old 02. Aug 2013, 03:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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...my computer is physically plugged into wall socket.
You should use a UPS. You could be having an issue with your electricity supply. Even if your current doesn't go completely, you may be experiencing serious fluctuations in your electricity supply - that can damage your computer eventually.

As for what's happening to cause your icons to scatter like that, I dunno...
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Old 03. Aug 2013, 03:57 AM   #17 (permalink)
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today icons are scattered all over. this is after a period of 24 hours of non computer use, and it was placed in sleep mode. i will try the suggestions one by one as the experienced folks offered.

still no problem in use/functionability noticed. i seen almost everyone has expierienced this, but this is my first dealing with the matter.

my main concern was some new glitch or "ware" had sprang up and was slowly going deeper into computer.

worthy of noting also is this........ as i am typing this, my computer is physically plugged into wall socket. my computer went to a black screen, for approximately 2 minutes, then shut completely off. i re started computer and it brought me back to this post and i was still logged in.

thank you all for your time and responses, i sincerely mean this.....this is my favorite site on the www.
Joe's right about protecting your computer from power problems. If not a UPS then some sort of spike/surge protector at minimum.

Unlike Jim and others, I've not experienced icons moving without knowing the cause. I know that many people never see it.

You should follow normal checks to confirm that your system is functioning correctly. Although you haven't noticed any other functional problems, the desktop icon cache is a bit like a canary in a coal mine. It can be early warning of more serious problems because it is memory resident, problems are very visible, and when corrupted it takes some work to correct. You can delete the icon cache file but Windows recreates if from memory so corruption can be more difficult to resolve than it should be.
  • I see that you use sleep so shutdown and restart your system if you have not already done so. It gives Windows a chance to clear the deck of some types of problems.
  • Run memory tests/diagnostics to confirm that you don't have any problem with your RAM.
    Then run a disk file check to confirm that none of your files are damaged.
    Finally, run Windows System File Checker (SFC) [/URL]to confirm that Windows is OK: [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833"].
  • You could delete the icon cache on disk and in memory so Windows recreates it - there are instructions on how to do this on the Web.
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