Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout in Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek

You know you have had that icon shuffle – my desktop icons get used liberally and so it is extremely time expensive whenever this happens.  It reminds of my childhood when my pseudo-psycho older sisters enjoyed teaching me 52 Card Pickup.  If this applies follow the below link.  Thank you very much.

If you switch resolutions a lot you’ve probably experienced the problem with Windows moving your icons around every time it switches to a lower resolution, such as when playing a video game or hooking up your laptop to an external display.

With a little tweak that originally came from the resource kit, we can add a menu that will let us save and restore the desktop icon positions by right-clicking on the Computer item on the start menu (or desktop icon).

Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout in Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek

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2 responses to “Save and Restore Desktop Icon Layout in Windows Vista :: the How-To Geek

  1. This has already saved my butt and it hasn’t even been a week. Eureka! wonder if this works on a server? – ever notice that when you use anything other than the Console session the icons get rearranged?

  2. make sure to also check out StarDock for their Fences product – IT ROCKS! and also provides snapshotting. I’ve used it on Win7 x64 beta, Vista, and XP.

    It does something awesome nothing else I’ve tested does. When I go from a dual monitor desktop layout to a single monitor layout everything (icons and fences) scrunches up; not a lot that you can do but rearrange the furniture. But the cool thing happens when you go back to the dual monitor layout. It all magically goes right back the way you layed it out before – no snapshop reverting – fantastic! With all the labwork I do this proves very helpful.

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