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  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       #20

    Brink said:
    @Nevyn,

    I have updated steps 3 and 4 to have an auto arrange turned OFF option in them to help. :)
    Excellent! Thanks a bunch for figuring that out!
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  2. Posts : 61,587
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       #21

    You're most welcome Nevyn. :)
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  3. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #22

    Hey Brink - excellent thread and tutorial.

    What I really miss when we use this disable auto arrange feature is that it does change what we see in This PC. Normally I like the default where I see 3 groups - Folders, Devices+Drives and Network Locations. What I like the most is under Devices+Drives, I see all my HD's and most importantly under each HD is displayed something like: 34 gig free of 74 gig.

    When I use the BAT files to disable auto arrange for some reason we no longer get the free space info like: 34 gig free of 74 gig. Is there a way to get this back? Tiles is the default, but I can’t get this info in any view except details.
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  4. Posts : 61,587
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       #23

    Hello Gerry, :)

    If you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below for the Windows 8 version in Windows 10 for this. I didn't include it in the Windows 10 version since that part is applied to both "This PC" and "Quick access", and auto arrange isn't disabled in only these two locations. if that's ok with you, then this below should work nicely for you.

    Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8
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  5. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #24

    Brink said:
    Hello Gerry, :)

    If you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below for the Windows 8 version in Windows 10 for this. I didn't include it in the Windows 10 version since that part is applied to both "This PC" and "Quick access", and auto arrange isn't disabled in only these two locations. if that's ok with you, then this below should work nicely for you.

    Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8
    Excellent, Brink. This solved the problem. If I understand you correctly the disadvantage of this method is I can't turn off auto arrange in This PC or Quick access. If that's the case then this is just fine, I see no reason to ever need to do that. Great solution - I love this forum!
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  6. Posts : 61,587
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       #25

    That's correct. I'm glad it meets your needs. :)
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  7. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #26

    Brink said:
    That's correct. I'm glad it meets your needs. :)
    On my Win 8.1 computer that I upgraded to Win 10 this is working just fine. On my Win 7 computer that I also upgraded to Win 10 there is a problem with the desktop icons. First of all after I ran the BAT file on both computers I had to change my desktop icons back to View/Small. Both were on medium.


    Now every time I reboot my Win 7 /10 computer the desktop icons are all neatly arranged on the left side of the desktop in perfect columns up and down, certainly not the way I placed them. Fortunately I have Iconoid which remembers and is able to restore icon placement on the desktop.

    But still I'd like to get it like my other Win 8 / 10 computer which does boot up fine retaining the desktop icon positions. When I use remote desktop sometimes the icon positions are changed and that's why I use Iconoid at times to restore. When I right click the desktop and choose View/auto arrange it places the icons in the exact position I mentioned all to the left in neat columns.

    I noticed on both computers View/align to grid is checked. I'm trying to see if unchecking that on the Win 7 / 10 computer may help. Obviously what's happening is for some reason on boot it's automatically choosing auto arrange icons on desktop.

    As far as I'm concerned I'd never ever want to use auto arrange on the desktop, so if that can be permanently disabled that's fine with me. Any solutions to this?
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  8. Posts : 61,587
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       #27

    Hello Gerry, :)

    When you right click on your desktop and click on View, do you have both Auto arrange icons and Align icons to grid unchecked?
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  9. Posts : 132
    Win 10
       #28

    Brink said:
    Hello Gerry,

    When you right click on your desktop and click on View, do you have both Auto arrange icons and Align icons to grid unchecked?

    They are both unchecked. When I first did the BAT. Align to grid was checked and it was on medium icons. I changed to small icons and later unchecked align to grid. I also checked and then unchecked auto arrange to see if that would make a difference . After reboot it's still the same, icons are auto arranged
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  10. Posts : 61,587
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       #29

    Which download did you use? I'll do some testing with it.
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