Windows 10: Script or registry entry to set the display order for all desktop icon Solved

  1.    11 Jul 2016 #1

    Script or registry entry to set the display order for all desktop icon


    I have a very good desktop restore app and so far my icons don't seem to be moving themselves. But I would like to have a method of doing a "sort by alphabetic" as a command line or registry key edit that I can set up a hotkey for if possible.
    Glad you had not gotten to this yet so i can add a quickie.
    Is there a way to increase the "hang-time" or whatever you want to cal it for the secondary menus.
    such as right-click, choose New> then TRY to choose folder or file or whatever, the pop-out secondary window keeps closing no matter how slow and careful i try to be. Many time i am sure it is that i am "coloring outside the lines" if my cursor misses the box even a tiny bit. But:
    can i simply say that once i Right click, choose New, that there be a Minimum display time for the Options Under New ? No matter what happens while i am moving cursor to the option i want. Maybe 2 seconds? Anything is better than now as i have a fraction of second to instantly hit my option once i move the mouse or the menu disappears
    Last edited by questorfla; 11 Jul 2016 at 23:54.
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  2.    12 Jul 2016 #2

    I was presented with the actul working solution on another board



    Thought i would share in case it might help others.
    A friend at the DC Forum pointed me to this post on "https://windowsforum.com/threads/inability-to-select-menus-disappear-too-fast.40231/"

    They offered 3 or 4 options there but the very first one was so obvious it that i knew it would work: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    String Value: 'MenuShowDelay'

    Default value: (should be) 'MenuShowDelay'='400', if not, change it. You can experiment down to 0,which gives a really fast response, but that is what you are trying to avoid.
    You could even go higher, if it already shows 400. Try 600 and study the response.

    This was probably from Windows 7 or earlier the post being dated 2010. The other options they offered had no easy cross-over to Windows 10 but this specific value was exactly what they listed. With default being 400. Mine being ZERO which as shown is about as fast as it can get!
    Changing to 400 was an immediate fix. I hope this information may help someone else as Apparently I am not the only one who has seen this occur.
    Last edited by questorfla; 12 Jul 2016 at 02:43. Reason: clean errors
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  3. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       12 Jul 2016 #3

    questorfla said: View Post

    Thought i would share in case it might help others.
    A friend at the DC Forum pointed me to this post on "https://windowsforum.com/threads/inability-to-select-menus-disappear-too-fast.40231/"

    They offered 3 or 4 options there but the very first one was so obvious it that i knew it would work: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
    String Value: 'MenuShowDelay'

    Default value: (should be) 'MenuShowDelay'='400', if not, change it. You can experiment down to 0,which gives a really fast response, but that is what you are trying to avoid.
    You could even go higher, if it already shows 400. Try 600 and study the response.

    This was probably from Windows 7 or earlier the post being dated 2010. The other options they offered had no easy cross-over to Windows 10 but this specific value was exactly what they listed. With default being 400. Mine being ZERO which as shown is about as fast as it can get!
    Changing to 400 was an immediate fix. I hope this information may help someone else as Apparently I am not the only one who has seen this occur.
    In addition:

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1...dows-10-a.html
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  4.    17 Jul 2016 #4

    Thanks Brink! I wanted to add that I was able to find he culprit that caused all his in the first place. It is a program by IO-Bit called Advanced System Care. One of it's "speed-up" tweaks was the edit that changed the delay to "0". ASC was installed on all the systems i used, so it made it appear that it was a default setting. Thanks for the pointers that allowed me to locate how this happened

    I was wondering if there is a way to "lock" specific registry keys to prevent important settings like this from being edited by "tweaking" utilities? I have seen methods to "unlock" specific registry keys but is there a way to lock the ones that, once I have them as I want them to stay, they cannot be easily modified by other software such as happened here?
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  5. Posts : 20,755
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       17 Jul 2016 #5

    I'm glad you found the culprit.

    It'll be hard to lock registry keys that you don't know will be changed or not by some unknown program. The safest thing to do is to create a restore point before installing any software or making any changes. This way if it has an undesired side effect, you could do a system restore to quickly undo it.
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