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    Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid in Windows 10


    How to: Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid in Windows 10

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    Information The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

    If you turn on Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will automatically be snapped into place as designated by an invisible grid on your screen. The grid keeps the icons aligned with each other to prevent them from overlapping.

    If you turn off Align icons to grid, your desktop icons will no longer be snapped into place by grid.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off align desktop icons to grid for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid using Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off "Auto arrange icons" and "Align icons to grid" using a BAT file

    EXAMPLE: turned on and off

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    OPTION ONE [/i] To Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid using Context Menu

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    Tip If you accidently align to grid your desktop icons, then you can quickly undo this to restore your previous desktop icons layout by restarting explorer during the current session.

    Desktop icons layout only remains in memory until you sign out. Afterwards, the current layout is saved to the registry, and you will no longer be able to restore your previous desktop icons layout.


    1. Right click or press and hold on your desktop (Shift+F10), click/tap on View, and click/tap on Align icons to grid to check (on - default) or uncheck (off) it. (see screenshot below)


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    OPTION TWO [/i] To Turn On or Off "Auto arrange icons" and "Align icons to grid" using a BAT file

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    Note The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop

    FFLAGS DWORD

    1075839520 = Auto arrange icons = OFF and Align icons to grid = OFF
    1075839521 = Auto arrange icons = ON and Align icons to grid = OFF
    1075839524 = Auto arrange icons = OFF and Align icons to grid = ON
    1075839525 = Auto arrange icons = ON and Align icons to grid = ON


    1. Do step 2, step 3, step 4, or step 5 below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Turn OFF "Auto arrange icons" and Turn OFF "Align icons to grid"
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-OFF_and_Align_icons_to_grid-OFF.bat

    Download

    3. To Turn ON "Auto arrange icons" and Turn OFF "Align icons to grid"
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-ON_and_Align_icons_to_grid-OFF.bat

    Download

    4. To Turn OFF "Auto arrange icons" and Turn ON "Align icons to grid"
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-OFF_and_Align_icons_to_grid-ON.bat

    Download

    5. To Turn ON "Auto arrange icons" and Turn ON "Align icons to grid"
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-ON_and_Align_icons_to_grid-ON.bat

    Download
    6. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    7. Unblock the .bat file.

    8. Run the .bat file.

    9. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    10. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Brink, Aug 19, 2015
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  2. Paolo Mag Win User

    My desktop icons move to a grid on the left for no reason

    Hello,

    If your icons are aligned to a grid, this means that the settings of your desktop are currently auto arranged and automatically aligned. Since you want to rearrange your desktop icons on however you like them, we suggest that you follow these steps:

    • Right-click at a blank area on your desktop.
    • Hover on View.
    • In the right pane, look for Auto arrange icons. If it's checked, make sure to uncheck it.
    • Hover again on View.
    • This time, look for Align icons to grid. If it's checked, make sure to uncheck it.

    After doing these steps, you'll be able to rearrange all your desktop icons again on how you want it.

    Let us know how it goes and if you need further assistance, feel free to post back.
     
    Paolo Mag, Oct 26, 2019
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  3. Alignment grid

    Minimize all open windows and apps. You can use Win + D or Win + M shortcut keys. ...

    Right click the empty space on your Desktop and select View - Align icons to grid. This command will toggle the Align icons to grid feature.
     
    Andre for Directly, Oct 26, 2019
    #3
  4. Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid in Windows 10

    cannot turn off desktop auto grid

    Hello clueless-on-10,

    If you are referring to "Align icons to grid" for your desktop icons, then you could see of using Option 2 in the tutorial below to turn it off using a .bat file may work for you.

    Turn On or Off Align Desktop Icons to Grid in Windows 10
     
    Shawn Brink, Oct 26, 2019
    #4
  5. Steve C Win User
    Resolution for "Align Icons to Grid"


    I use "Align Icons to Grid" to line up icons on my Desktop. However, I find the resolution of the grid is too coarse. How can I reduce the icon spacing between icons for the "Align Icons to Grid" option?
     
    Steve C, Oct 26, 2019
    #5
  6. LeoSeabra Win User
    desktop icons snap to grid

    Hi!

    Welcome to our community.

    This is Leocadia, independent community expert, and I am glad to assist you today.

    Please, follow the instructions below:

    1.Right-click an empty part of the desktop.

    2.Select the "View" option.

    3.Select "Align Icons to Grid." Your desktop folders and other shortcuts snap to the grid automatically.

    Alternatively, you can unable/disable Align Desktop Icons to Grid with a Registry tweak

    Open the Registry Editor app.

    Go to the following Registry key.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop

    On the right, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value "FFlags". Set it to one of the following values in decimal.

    1075839520 - disable Auto Arrange Icons and Align Icons to Grid

    1075839525 - enable Auto Arrange Icons and Align Icons to Grid

    1075839521 - enable Auto Arrange Icons and disable Align Icons to Grid

    1075839524 - disable Auto Arrange Icons but enable Align Icons to Grid

    Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.Auto Arrange Edit In Registry

    To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to restart the Explorer shell.

    That's it.

    I hope it helps.
     
    LeoSeabra, Oct 26, 2019
    #6
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