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Restoring icon layout

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bobbi, May 27, 2010.

  1. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Occasionally there's an event which causes my desktop icons to be rearranged
    and resized, such as plugging in a monitor with differnt characteristics. Is
    there a way to save the icon layout, size and other characteristics so that
    it can be easily restored when the original monitor is attached, rather than
    manually dragging each one back?
    -Bobbi
     
  2. Gord Dibben

    Gord Dibben Flightless Bird

    There are many free utilities that will do this.

    I use IconRestore.

    http://download.cnet.com/Icon-Restore/3000-2072_4-10163499.html

    After installing, right-click on any folder on the desktop to save and
    restore desktop arrangement.


    Gord


    On Thu, 27 May 2010 08:38:18 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote:

    >Occasionally there's an event which causes my desktop icons to be rearranged
    >and resized, such as plugging in a monitor with differnt characteristics. Is
    >there a way to save the icon layout, size and other characteristics so that
    >it can be easily restored when the original monitor is attached, rather than
    >manually dragging each one back?
    >-Bobbi
    >
     
  3. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Thanks, Gord! I'll check this out!
    -Bobbi

    "Gord Dibben" <gorddibbATshawDOTca> wrote in message
    news:f45tv5t4kgmajseb5g5reu0ntq68pegr0e@4ax.com...
    > There are many free utilities that will do this.
    >
    > I use IconRestore.
    >
    > http://download.cnet.com/Icon-Restore/3000-2072_4-10163499.html
    >
    > After installing, right-click on any folder on the desktop to save and
    > restore desktop arrangement.
    >
    >
    > Gord
    >
    >
    > On Thu, 27 May 2010 08:38:18 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>Occasionally there's an event which causes my desktop icons to be
    >>rearranged
    >>and resized, such as plugging in a monitor with differnt characteristics.
    >>Is
    >>there a way to save the icon layout, size and other characteristics so
    >>that
    >>it can be easily restored when the original monitor is attached, rather
    >>than
    >>manually dragging each one back?
    >>-Bobbi
    >>

    >
     
  4. Bobbi

    Bobbi Flightless Bird

    Hi, Gord-

    I haven't tried Icon Restore yet, but I saw a warning that it cannot be
    uninstalled in the usual way via the Windows uninstaller. There's a link to
    an uninstall program: http://users.rcn.com/taylotr/icon_restore.html
    (But the reviews were terrific and nearly unanimous!)

    Bobbi

    "Gord Dibben" <gorddibbATshawDOTca> wrote in message
    news:f45tv5t4kgmajseb5g5reu0ntq68pegr0e@4ax.com...
    > There are many free utilities that will do this.
    >
    > I use IconRestore.
    >
    > http://download.cnet.com/Icon-Restore/3000-2072_4-10163499.html
    >
    > After installing, right-click on any folder on the desktop to save and
    > restore desktop arrangement.
    >
    >
    > Gord
    >
    >
    > On Thu, 27 May 2010 08:38:18 -0700, "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>Occasionally there's an event which causes my desktop icons to be
    >>rearranged
    >>and resized, such as plugging in a monitor with differnt characteristics.
    >>Is
    >>there a way to save the icon layout, size and other characteristics so
    >>that
    >>it can be easily restored when the original monitor is attached, rather
    >>than
    >>manually dragging each one back?
    >>-Bobbi
    >>

    >
     
  5. Anthony Buckland

    Anthony Buckland Flightless Bird

    "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    news:ef6diKb$KHA.3176@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Occasionally there's an event which causes my desktop icons to be
    > rearranged and resized, such as plugging in a monitor with differnt
    > characteristics. Is there a way to save the icon layout, size and other
    > characteristics so that it can be easily restored when the original
    > monitor is attached, rather than manually dragging each one back?
    > -Bobbi


    Some time ago, I resolved that I would accept alphabetic
    arrangement rather than spend time on clever sorting by
    function, etc. Then a quick "arrange icons by name"
    will recover from any rearrangement event. I have renamed
    a few icons so that arrange-by-name will put birds of a
    feather together.
     
  6. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:c7Odnc9hOvRdHp3RnZ2dnUVZ_tidnZ2d@giganews.com,
    Anthony Buckland <anthonybucklandnospam@telus.net> typed:
    > "Bobbi" <bobbi@example.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:ef6diKb$KHA.3176@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Occasionally there's an event which causes my desktop
    >> icons to be rearranged and resized, such as plugging in a
    >> monitor with differnt characteristics. Is there a way to
    >> save the icon layout, size and other characteristics so
    >> that it can be easily restored when the original monitor
    >> is attached, rather than manually dragging each one back?
    >> -Bobbi


    Yes, there is. Check with Google - there are lots of 3rd party apps that
    will remember the desktop layout and re-establish it for you.

    >
    > Some time ago, I resolved that I would accept alphabetic
    > arrangement rather than spend time on clever sorting by
    > function, etc. Then a quick "arrange icons by name"
    > will recover from any rearrangement event. I have renamed
    > a few icons so that arrange-by-name will put birds of a
    > feather together.
     

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