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  1. Posts : 160
    Win10 pro Winver 20H2 OS Build 19042.867
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    How do I keep Win 10 from scattering my desktop shortcuts....


    every time I turn the computer off?

    I like my shortcuts arranged around the periphery of the screen. When I boot up in the morning they are shifted and out of order. checking 'auto-arrange' only shifts them all into vertical rows in the left side of the screen.
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  2. Posts : 35,433
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    This has been discussed many times here- please see the long threads on this. Some users have been plagued by it, others not- and not just Win 10.
    3rd party utility DesktopOK is a favourite.
    DesktopOK 6.59 Download - TechSpot
    Last edited by dalchina; 08 Oct 2019 at 10:33.
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  3. Posts : 5,828
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #3

    Right click the desktop, Auto arrange icons, Align icons to grid.

    How do I keep Win 10 from scattering my desktop shortcuts....-desktop-icon-choices.png
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  4. Posts : 160
    Win10 pro Winver 20H2 OS Build 19042.867
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    sygnus21 said:
    Right click the desktop, Auto arrange icons, Align icons to grid.

    How do I keep Win 10 from scattering my desktop shortcuts....-desktop-icon-choices.png
    No, that doesn't help a bit. Checking "Auto Arrange icons" places them all (as I mentioned in my first post) in a double row vertically on the left side.

    I have and have had "Align icons to grid" checked.
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  5. Posts : 191
    Windows XP, 10; Knoppix [Debian] linux
       #5

    This worked for me even on my managed office PC. Uncheck the "allow themes to change" box under "icon settings".

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  6. Posts : 160
    Win10 pro Winver 20H2 OS Build 19042.867
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    mike s said:
    This worked for me even on my managed office PC. Uncheck the "allow themes to change" box under "icon settings".

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    Where is that? (I'm new to Win 10...less than 8 hrs...)
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  7. Posts : 25,038
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    DWFII said:
    Where is that? (I'm new to Win 10...less than 8 hrs...)
    Settings > Personalization > Themes. Click on the 'Desktop icon settings' link in the 'Related Settings' section.


    Add or Remove Default Desktop Icons in Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 29,075
    Windows 10 21H1 Build 19043.1023
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    DWFII said:
    every time I turn the computer off?

    I like my shortcuts arranged around the periphery of the screen. When I boot up in the morning they are shifted and out of order. checking 'auto-arrange' only shifts them all into vertical rows in the left side of the screen.
    I like my desktop clean. Nothing on it except what I'm working with.

    I use the Quick Launch Bar.
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  9. Posts : 5,828
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
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    mike s said:
    This worked for me even on my managed office PC. Uncheck the "allow themes to change" box under "icon settings".

    How do I keep Win 10 from scattering my desktop shortcuts....-image.png
    All that setting does is allow you to control what system icons appear on the desktop. It has ZERO to do with arranging them.
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  10. Posts : 5,828
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
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    DWFII said:
    No, that doesn't help a bit. Checking "Auto Arrange icons" places them all (as I mentioned in my first post) in a double row vertically on the left side.

    I have and have had "Align icons to grid" checked.
    Well It's working for me as with those exact settings shown. No idea why it's not working for you. I keep a clean desktop but I show this as an example that those settings work as suggested.....

    How do I keep Win 10 from scattering my desktop shortcuts....-capture.jpg

    That even with logging off, restarting, or powering down, and up again, they still remain in the same order and arrangement.
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