How to lock desktop icons in place?

  1. Posts : 149
    Windows 10 (Home Ed.)

    How to lock desktop icons in place?

    All I found so far by Googling was that one should set 'arrange icons to a grid', or similar. That option is already enabled. In fact, the only icon I have on my Windows 10 desktop is the Recycle Bin, but any time other icons or folders are placed there temporarily, it is shifted around and is no longer where I want it, in the top left-hand corner, when the other items are deleted after use.

    Is there a way to lock the Recycle Bin icon where I put it, so that it doesn't keep getting pushed around like this?

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  2. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Desktop icons can sometimes shuffle around due to wonderful software QA by Microsoft. I use DesktopOK which stores the position of your desktop icons. I've found it very useful.
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    You can't lock desktop icons. But, as Steve suggests, you can record their positions ... and, if icons get moved, you can restore them to their saved positions.
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  4. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows Home Dev 21H1 x64
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  5. Posts : 149
    Windows 10 (Home Ed.)
    Thread Starter

    OK, thanks. I use some such software on my Windows 7 PC (where I keep dozens of icons on a second monitor). Probably not worth it when all I have is the Recycle Bin though. Odd, coming new to Windows 10, that that icon is allowed to move around like that; never encountered the 'problem' (tiny one though it is!) with any previous version of Windows.
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  6. Barman58's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 2004 - 19041 - 264 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

    I got fed up with this behaviour back in Windows 7, (or earlier), and so have been using a "trick" to place the Bin on the taskbar, this means that the bin is always in the same place, always available (even if you auto hide the taskbar), and you can choose not to show the icon on the desktop.

    Recycle Bin - Pin to Taskbar - Windows 7 Help Forums this is for windows 7 but works for 8 and 10 too - You can also add other system items to the taskbar, using this method
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  7. pepanee's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Professional

    Make sure Auto arrange icons is Unchecked​.

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