Saving Location Of Desktop Icons


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Not sure how others use their computers, but I run my programs from desktop icons. For a long time, as far as I can remember, Windows seems to forget and sometimes moves these icons, at least when you have as many as I do. Does anyone have a suggestion of a program I can use to keep track of my desktop icons and allow me to easily return them to the location I want if they should happen to move for one reason or another?
 

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Download and use iconoid: Download Iconoid - MajorGeeks

It's been around forever and works flawlessly on all versions of Windows, including W11. I've been using it on all of my systems for as long as I can recall.
 

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Not sure how others use their computers, but I run my programs from desktop icons. For a long time, as far as I can remember, Windows seems to forget and sometimes moves these icons, at least when you have as many as I do. Does anyone have a suggestion of a program I can use to keep track of my desktop icons and allow me to easily return them to the location I want if they should happen to move for one reason or another?
I haven't used desktop icons in years. I use the start menu and the search to quickly launch programs. But that's just me. I did notice for others though in general windows 11 does seem to work better on remembering monitor positions and desktop icon positions. Make sure these options are checked under display settings:

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The top and bottom setting seem to not be anything about desktop icons, but I notice it does help them stay where they are supposed to if enabled.
 

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Download and use iconoid: Download Iconoid - MajorGeeks

It's been around forever and works flawlessly on all versions of Windows, including W11. I've been using it on all of my systems for as long as I can recall.
Do you use the 32 or 64 Bit version? I ask this because I can't seem to get to the 64 Bit site and not at all sure which version I downloaded from the Major Geek's site.

Sorry, I keep adding to this but I seem to only be able to download the 32 Bit version. Is that maybe what you use?
 

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    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
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    ACPI x64-based PC
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    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
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    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
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    64 GB DDR5
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
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    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
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    1920 x 1080
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    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
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    850 Watt Power Supply
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Not sure how others use their computers, but I run my programs from desktop icons. For a long time, as far as I can remember, Windows seems to forget and sometimes moves these icons, at least when you have as many as I do. Does anyone have a suggestion of a program I can use to keep track of my desktop icons and allow me to easily return them to the location I want if they should happen to move for one reason or another?
Follow these instructions -
  1. Position your desktop icons where you want them.
  2. Take a full screen print - WIN+PRTSCN
  3. You will find this image in the folder Username/Pictures/Screenshots - use this image as your desktop wallpaper,
  4. You will always be able to reposition your desktop icons to the original positiion.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro v 24H2 (Build 26100.863)
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    Dell Precision 3660 Tower Workstation
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    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900 5.10 GHz
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    64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
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    32.00 GB
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  • OS
    W10, W11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    2 HP Desktops, 1 Dell Desktop, 2 Dell XPS Laptops, 1 HP Laptop
Follow these instructions -
  1. Position your desktop icons where you want them.
  2. Take a full screen print - WIN+PRTSCN
  3. You will find this image in the folder Username/Pictures/Screenshots - use this image as your desktop wallpaper,
  4. You will always be able to reposition your desktop icons to the original positiion.
I'd rather have one of the above mentioned programs that does that for me. Thanks for the suggestion though.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACPI x64-based PC
    CPU
    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
    Memory
    64 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
    PSU
    850 Watt Power Supply
    Case
    19" high desktop
    Cooling
    A lot of fans
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    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    500 Mg
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    FF
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    Windows Defendor & Malwarebytes
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    2 Asus Blu-Ray burners - BW - 16D1HT

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACPI x64-based PC
    CPU
    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
    Memory
    64 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
    PSU
    850 Watt Power Supply
    Case
    19" high desktop
    Cooling
    A lot of fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
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    Logitech
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    500 Mg
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Thank you. I was able to get it from your link.
OK, I have to ask a question. I, for years had used a program called WinTidy and it always worked well. Some of my icons didn't show up in WinTidy's window when it was opened so I assumed it was defective. However, when I installed Iconoid it said that some of my icons were off the screen and did I want to continue, I chose Yes. My screen display settings are 2880 x 1620 resolution, which is the recommended setting. I tested moving an icon on each side of the monitor and when I chose from Iconoid to restore my settings, the icons returned to where they were supposed to be. So any idea why the warning?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACPI x64-based PC
    CPU
    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
    Memory
    64 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
    PSU
    850 Watt Power Supply
    Case
    19" high desktop
    Cooling
    A lot of fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    500 Mg
    Browser
    FF
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    Windows Defendor & Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    2 Asus Blu-Ray burners - BW - 16D1HT
Almost every day after waking, desktop icons on my devices become jumbled. I use a bat file (which I likely got from someone in this forum) to restart Explorer which restores icon placement. I then created a desktop icon to call the bat file. It's worked flawlessly for me - no 3rd party apps necessary. Hope this helps!
 

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    Dell XPS8950
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    i7-12700K
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    Z690 : 9D2HH Foxconn, R6PCT Foxconn 2nd
    Memory
    16GB (2 x 8)
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    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 770 with shared graphics memory
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    Integrated
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    Acer CBL282K Smiiprx
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    4K UHD (3840 x 2160) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital PC SN810 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD, PCIe
    PSU
    750W
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    2G44F Asetek 125W CPU liquid cooler
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    Arteck Wireless
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    Victsing-mm057 wireless
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    Wi-Fi 6
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    Vivaldi
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    Windows Defender (native)
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    Win 22H2
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    Dell Vostro 5620
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    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P
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    2 x 8 GB
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    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
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    1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
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    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
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    2560 x 1440
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OK, I have to ask a question. I, for years had used a program called WinTidy and it always worked well. Some of my icons didn't show up in WinTidy's window when it was opened so I assumed it was defective. However, when I installed Iconoid it said that some of my icons were off the screen and did I want to continue, I chose Yes. My screen display settings are 2880 x 1620 resolution, which is the recommended setting. I tested moving an icon on each side of the monitor and when I chose from Iconoid to restore my settings, the icons returned to where they were supposed to be. So any idea why the warning?
I get that on some of my systems too. I always guessed that some of the icons were too close to the edge of the screen for iconoid's liking, so it offers the warning. But it's a benign warning and if you say yes (as you did) it makes no difference. It will always return the icons to where the user wants them.

I assume you know there is a setting in iconoid which will return the icons to the user-chosen positions when Windows loads - it doesn't have to be a "manual" operation. And be sure to use the context menu option so that you can dynamically save / restore icon positions by right-clicking on the desktop and using the "manage desktop icons" item.
 

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Almost every day after waking, desktop icons on my devices become jumbled. I use a bat file (which I likely got from someone in this forum) to restart Explorer which restores icon placement. I then created a desktop icon to call the bat file. It's worked flawlessly for me - no 3rd party apps necessary. Hope this helps!
If I knew the steps in your bat file, it may help a lot more. Thank you for the reply.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACPI x64-based PC
    CPU
    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
    Memory
    64 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
    PSU
    850 Watt Power Supply
    Case
    19" high desktop
    Cooling
    A lot of fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    500 Mg
    Browser
    FF
    Antivirus
    Windows Defendor & Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    2 Asus Blu-Ray burners - BW - 16D1HT
I get that on some of my systems too. I always guessed that some of the icons were too close to the edge of the screen for iconoid's liking, so it offers the warning. But it's a benign warning and if you say yes (as you did) it makes no difference. It will always return the icons to where the user wants them.

I assume you know there is a setting in iconoid which will return the icons to the user-chosen positions when Windows loads - it doesn't have to be a "manual" operation. And be sure to use the context menu option so that you can dynamically save / restore icon positions by right-clicking on the desktop and using the "manage desktop icons" item.
Thank you for the reply. I am going to have to look more closely at the settings you mentioned. As for now, since just installing it, I am using it like I did the WinTidy program I mentioned. By that I mean, I am opening it, saving any new layout, and then closing it, only to reopen it if and when I need to have the icons return to where I want them.

I am glad to hear that the warning we are speaking about means very little. In WinTidy it actually had a window that opened and showed your icon placement. In that window, on the new machine that started this thread, there are actually icons that do not show up. They do return to where I wanted them, but I always used that window to show me if I had arranged them in perfect horizontal and vertical alignment. So far I do see any such window in Inonoid, so I just have to trust my eyes on the actual screen instead of a small WinTidy window to help me.

I may be way off base, but I am thinking that the high resolution, 2880 x 1620, may be the culprit. Not sure why that is my default resolution but maybe it's because my screen is only about 16.25" diagonally. I think that is small compared to other laptops I looked at. I know none of my other machines use that high of a resolution and WinTidy works perfectly on them.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACPI x64-based PC
    CPU
    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
    Memory
    64 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
    PSU
    850 Watt Power Supply
    Case
    19" high desktop
    Cooling
    A lot of fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    500 Mg
    Browser
    FF
    Antivirus
    Windows Defendor & Malwarebytes
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These are the settings I use:

Settings 1.pngSettings 2.pngSettings 3.pngSettings 4.pngSettings 5.pngSettings 6.png
 

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Thank you for all that information. I looked at my installation and the only thing I found that was a lot different was the first Tab, Colors. Possibly the difference is your setting for Drop Shadows is Enabled where mine is Disabled, which was the default apparently because I didn't change it. Not sure what it does , but please see the attachment.Page 1.jpg
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro ver. 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACPI x64-based PC
    CPU
    12th Grn. Intel i7-12700K 3600 Mhz 12 Cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK - Prime Z690-P WIFI
    Memory
    64 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HDS72252 5VLAT80 2 Tb ssd Hard drive
    PSU
    850 Watt Power Supply
    Case
    19" high desktop
    Cooling
    A lot of fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    500 Mg
    Browser
    FF
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    Windows Defendor & Malwarebytes
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Don't worry about it. It's a setting that affects a shadow in the text below each icon. Some people like the way it looks, others don't.
 

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    W10, W11
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    2 HP Desktops, 1 Dell Desktop, 2 Dell XPS Laptops, 1 HP Laptop
If I knew the steps in your bat file, it may help a lot more. Thank you for the reply.
I attached the bat file in my original post for your reference
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS8950
    CPU
    i7-12700K
    Motherboard
    Z690 : 9D2HH Foxconn, R6PCT Foxconn 2nd
    Memory
    16GB (2 x 8)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 770 with shared graphics memory
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer CBL282K Smiiprx
    Screen Resolution
    4K UHD (3840 x 2160) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital PC SN810 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD, PCIe
    PSU
    750W
    Cooling
    2G44F Asetek 125W CPU liquid cooler
    Keyboard
    Arteck Wireless
    Mouse
    Victsing-mm057 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 6
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender (native)
  • Operating System
    Win 22H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Vostro 5620
    CPU
    12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P
    Memory
    2 x 8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    NVMe 512 GB
    Case
    Aluminum
    Mouse
    Touchpad
    Browser
    Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender (native)

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