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Desktop items always align to left...........

by ralphjramirez / March 30, 2009 4:56 AM PDT

I just recently installed IE8 so I don't know if this is the problem or not. The problem is that my desktop items keep aligning on left after each reboot. I have selected Show Desktop Icons and Lock Web items, other options are unchecked. This is driving me crazy because I am constantly having to re-arrange the icons.

Anyone have the same problem and/or have a suggestion on how to correct this. Windows is current and up to date.


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Tell us what happens when you ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 30, 2009 5:21 AM PDT

right click on the desktop, select Arrange Icons then UNCHECK Auto Arrange

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by ralphjramirez / March 30, 2009 8:08 AM PDT

Edward, thanks for your reply. That is the first thing I made sure was unchecked. Only "Lock Web Items" and "Show Destop Icons" are checked everything else is unchecked. I have it set this way everytime and when I shutdown at night and reboot in the morning, there they are aligned left even though the options are coming up set correctly. It just started happening since I installed IE8 which I need because IE7 would lockup everytime I accessed an Adobe website. IE8 corrected this problem. It is really weird that it does this. I can't imagine IE8 causing it but stranger things have happed.

Thanks again..............Ralph

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Re: Desktop...
by Tufenuf / March 30, 2009 10:37 AM PDT
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Ralph, Why do you have "Lock Web Items on Desktop" checkmarked?


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by ralphjramirez / March 30, 2009 2:05 PM PDT
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Seems like it had been checked before my problems surfaced but I could be mistaken. I will uncheck this and see what happens.

Thanks for your help..........Ralph

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If all else fails try this.
by Tufenuf / March 30, 2009 11:00 AM PDT
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Desktop Items
by ralphjramirez / April 3, 2009 3:35 AM PDT


Couldn't get my problem resolved so I downloaded and installed Icon Restore today and it works fine. That is a lot quicker than moving my icons around everyday.

Thanks for your help..............Ralph

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(NT) Glad that Icon Restore is working for you.
by Tufenuf / April 3, 2009 5:31 AM PDT
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Icon Restore
by barrykooda / August 1, 2009 2:30 AM PDT

After numerous searches and no help, I found this thread and Icon Restore sounds promising. I've been dealing with this problem for a long time and I'm hopeful that this will help. I've never understood why the icons realign to the left and , often the Quick Start menu is gone and the Align To Grid button has mysteriously been rechecked. It's a pain to do the "This goes here, that goes there, right click taskbar, unclick Lock Task Bar, Tool Bars> Check Quicklaunch......" dance.
Thanks in advance!
Barry Kooda
Dallas, Texas

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Icon Restore
by Kman.S / October 30, 2010 6:23 AM PDT
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I have the same exact problem and have been dealing with it almost since I started using XP Media Center Edition. I have found nothing that works and no fix from Microsoft. I feel a little better, though, knowing that someone else is experiencing it. I am not a beginner with computers and this has nothing to do with checking off a box for a display setting. It's not right that a third party program must be run to correct this, but I am going to try the ICON RESTORE program to see if it works for me.
Thanks for the information! Please report any updates.

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by chrisl121212 / March 30, 2009 6:11 AM PDT

You must have Auto Arrange on. Right click the desktop and undo Auto Arrange.

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Desktop items......
by ralphjramirez / March 30, 2009 8:09 AM PDT
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Chris, check my reply to Edward. Thanks for your response....Ralph

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