Windows 10: How do I prevent Desktop Icons from randomly re-arranging themselves on multiple displays?

Discus and support How do I prevent Desktop Icons from randomly re-arranging themselves on multiple displays? in Windows 10 Customization to solve the problem; I've been searching all over the internet for the correct answer to this question for at least a couple of hours now. None of the answers I found... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Customization' started by ALKooL89, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. ALKooL89 Win User

    How do I prevent Desktop Icons from randomly re-arranging themselves on multiple displays?


    I've been searching all over the internet for the correct answer to this question for at least a couple of hours now. None of the answers I found helped except for the following, which isn't really an answer:


    1) Turn off Auto Arrange Icons

    2) Make sure Align to Grid is checked

    3) Arrange icons accordingly to your Main Display, and when you change which display you want to be your main display the icons will change position accordingly.

    **EDIT: Just did some testing and you can turn on AUTO ARRANGE icons AFTER you snap your icons all to one display (your main display) and they will be "Auto" Arranged! Eureka!**


    The issue is the following:


    I have Auto Arrange Icons selected, Arrange by "Item Type", Align to Grid, Medium Icons, etcetera, however for some reason 8 out of my 30 random icons show up on my main display (none of them is the recycle bin icon), the rest (including the recycle bin) show up on my left-most display.


    All of my icons are shortcuts to applications located throughout my computer/hard disks. The only system icon is the recycle bin.


    But if you read earlier you'll see that I have actually solved the problem! It requires turning off "Auto Arrange", snapping the icons appropriately to the correct Primary Display, then you can turn Auto Arrange back on, arrange by whichever selection you want to arrange them by (I like Type), and voila it's fixed!


    Solutions I tried that didn't work are:


    Registry Entry(s)

    sfc /scannow

    DISM repair

    Only allowing the taskbar to appear on Primary Display (and on all displays, etcetera. pretty much messed with all options for this).


    Basically nothing seemed to work until I tried the above steps!


    Good luck and have fun How do I prevent Desktop Icons from randomly re-arranging themselves on multiple displays? :)


    PS: I have a 22" HP 1920x1080p 60Hz LCD Monitor on my left, a 24" ASUS 1920x1080p 60Hz LCD Monitor in the middle, and a 55" Sony 1920x1080i 60Hz LCD TV on my right (well it sits at a 90 degree angle from me about 12 feet away, but technically it's on my "right"). Not that this really matters, but I just thought I would describe my physical situation.

    :)
     
    ALKooL89, Jan 12, 2019
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  2. desktop icon arrangement

    Hello,

    Kindly further elaborate your concern, to assist you better.

    In the meantime, you may follow the step below to see if this would address your concern:

    • Right-click on your desktop > Click View.

    Note: If you want to manually arrange your desktop icons uncheck Auto arrange icons
    then drag your icons depending on where you want to place them on your desktop. If you want your icons to be aligned to the grid, check
    Align icons to grid.

    Let us know what happens after.
     
    Regile Reb, Jan 12, 2019
    #2
  3. auto arrange icon desktop , why ?

    Hi,

    I would suggest you to try the steps and check if it helps.

    a) Right click on Desktop.

    b) Click on View.

    c) Uncheck both "Arrange icons to grid" and "Auto arrange icons".

    d) Restart the computer and check if it helps.
     
    Anannya Podder, Jan 12, 2019
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  4. How do I prevent Desktop Icons from randomly re-arranging themselves on multiple displays?

    Desktop Icons Won't Stay Put

    Hi Laurie,

    As per the issue description I understand that you are facing issues with desktop icons.

    I suggest you try the following step in order to arrange the icons.

    • Right click on the desktop.
    • Click on view
    • Check the option auto arrange icons.
    Let us know if this helps.

    Thanks.
     
    Divya Murugan, Jan 12, 2019
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