Desktop Icons Auto Arrange - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    Desktop Icons Auto Arrange - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Desktop Icons in Windows 10
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    How to Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Desktop Icons in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

    If you turn on Auto arrange icons, your desktop icons will automatically be arranged in columns along the left side of your screen.

    If you turn off Auto arrange icons, you can arrange your desktop icons how and where you like on the desktop.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off auto arrange desktop icons for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Desktop Icons using Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off "Auto arrange icons" and "Align icons to grid" using a BAT file


    EXAMPLE: Auto arrange desktop icons turned on and off
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    Desktop Icons Auto Arrange - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Desktop Icons Auto Arrange - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off Auto Arrange Desktop Icons using Context Menu

    Tip   Tip
    If you accidently auto arranged your desktop icons, then you can quickly undo this to restore your previous desktop icons layout by restarting explorer during the current session.

    Desktop icons layout only remains in memory until you sign out. Afterwards, the current layout is saved to the registry, and you will no longer be able to restore your previous desktop icons layout.


    1. Right click or press and hold on your desktop (Shift+F10), click/tap on View, and click/tap on Auto arrange icons to check (on) or uncheck (off - default) it. (see screenshot below)

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    Desktop Icons Auto Arrange - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Desktop Icons Auto Arrange - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
    To Turn On or Off "Auto arrange icons" and "Align icons to grid" using a BAT file

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop

    FFLAGS DWORD

    1075839520 = Auto arrange icons = OFF and Align icons to grid = OFF
    1075839521 = Auto arrange icons = ON and Align icons to grid = OFF
    1075839524 = Auto arrange icons = OFF and Align icons to grid = ON
    1075839525 = Auto arrange icons = ON and Align icons to grid = ON


    1. Do step 2, step 3, step 4, or step 5 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn OFF "Auto arrange icons" and Turn OFF "Align icons to grid"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-OFF_and_Align_icons_to_grid-OFF.bat

    download


     3. To Turn ON "Auto arrange icons" and Turn OFF "Align icons to grid"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-ON_and_Align_icons_to_grid-OFF.bat

    download


     4. To Turn OFF "Auto arrange icons" and Turn ON "Align icons to grid"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-OFF_and_Align_icons_to_grid-ON.bat

    download


     5. To Turn ON "Auto arrange icons" and Turn ON "Align icons to grid"

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Auto_arrange_icons-ON_and_Align_icons_to_grid-ON.bat

    download

    6. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    7. Unblock the .bat file.

    8. Run the .bat file.

    9. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly open and close as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    10. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Bangladesh
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro RS1
       2016-08-08 #1

    Is it possible to edit this in registry?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,490
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-02 #2

    Hello @BmLava,

    I have updated the tutorial to add OPTION TWO for this for you.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Aug 2016
    Bangladesh
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Pro RS1
       2016-09-03 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    I have updated the tutorial to add OPTION TWO for this for you.
    That was cool. Why are you so awesome!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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