How to sort desktop icons alphabetically?

  1. OldGrantonian's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 2004
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    How to sort desktop icons alphabetically?


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    In my normal user account, I sort desktop icons by name. It's clear that there are actually two groups of icons.

    The first group (after Recycle bin) starts with CCleaner and ends with VLC Media Player. These are the same icons that I see in my Administrator acccount.

    The second group starts in the next position with Anki and ends with WhatsApp. None of these icons appear in my Administrator account. That's OK.

    I suppose I could simply place ALL icons on Administrator desktop, but that seems like using a flyhammer to kill a sledge

    Please advise. Thanks.
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  2. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 20H2 Build 19042.985 and W10 Insider Preview Build 21376
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    If you right click on a desktop icon and view the properties you will see on the general tab the location for each icon. The two groups will easily be identified - one is likely to be the C:\Users\Public\Desktop and the other will be C:\Users\yourname\Desktop. The public location is used for apps that are for all users, your personal location is used for apps that you install for just your own use. Sometimes these locations are set by default when the program or app is installed.

    If you turn off auto-arrange you should be able to position them in any order you like. See the following tutorial:
    Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Desktop Icons in Windows 10
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  3. OldGrantonian's Avatar
    Posts : 209
    Windows 10 Pro 2004
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    Thanks philc43.

    That info allowed me to solve my issue.
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  4. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 20H2 Build 19042.985 and W10 Insider Preview Build 21376
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    You are welcome, please mark the thread as solved if you are sure it is working for you.
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