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    Desktop Icons - View and Sort By
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    03 Feb 2008
    Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    How to Change the Desktop Icons View Alignment and Sort By Order in Vista

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    This will show you how to hide or show all icons on the desktop, or change how all of the icons are aligned (View) and sorted (Sort By) on the desktop to how you want them displayed.

    EXAMPLE: View Before (Everything Unchecked), Align to Grid, and Auto Arrange










    OPTOIN ONE

    Hide or Show All Desktop Icons

    1. Right click on the desktop and click on View. (See screenshot below step 3)

    2. To Hide All Desktop Icons
    A) Click on Show All Icons to uncheck it. (See screenshot below step 3)
    3. To Show All Dekstop Icons
    A) Click on Show All Icons to check it.
    Desktop Icons - View and Sort By-view.jpg





    OPTION TWO

    Change the Desktop View Alignment Settings

    1. Right click on the desktop and click on View. (See screenshot below step 4)

    2. To Have the Icons Stay Where Placed on the Desktop
    A) Click on Align to Grid and Auto Arrange to uncheck them. (See screenshot below step 4)
    3. To Have the Icons Align to a Grid
    NOTE: The icons will still basically be left where placed on the Desktop, but they will be moved slightly to keep them aligned to a grid on the desktop. It keeps the icons from overlapping each other. (See the middle Example above)
    A) Click on Align to Grid to check it. (See screenshot below step 4)
    4. To Have the Icons Automatically Align
    NOTE: The icons will be automatically aligned starting at the upper left corner of the desktop to a grid. (See the bottom Example above)
    A) Click on Auto Arrange to check it. (See sceenshot below)
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    OPTION THREE

    Change the Desktop Icons Sort By Order
    Note   Note

    • This will automatically align all of the icons starting at the upper left corner of the desktop according to what you select to sort them by below. (See bottom example at the top)
    • This will not set any View alignment settings in OPTION ONE above.

    1. Right click on the desktop and click on Sort By. (See screenshot below )

    2. Click on a option to change the icons to be sorted by that order option.
    NOTE: These are the sort by Name, Size, Type, and Date modified options.
    Desktop Icons - View and Sort By-sort_by.jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    Shawn,
    What have I done? Somehow I've shot myself in the foot and, despite being logged in, no .jpgs from the tutorial are visible. Just get that placeholder giving name, views, and size. Yes, I clicked and dbl-clkd on the placeholer to no avail.
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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    LOL, it's ok Karl.

    You might not have checked the Rember me box at log in, or you do not have cookies enabled or enabled for this website (Sites button in Privacy).

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    Shawn,
    Right again. I'd blocked all cookies. Didn't realize that the vistax64 sites required cookies to be enabled. I'm sure that when I joined that was emblazed in reb and big letters. Must be old timer's disease.
    Thanks and sorry for inconvenience.
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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    No problem Karl. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted out.

    Shawn

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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    hi Brink, i had problems with my folder settings and tried method 2 in this thread http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/70819-windows-explorer-folder-view-settings.html

    after doing so, my folders are now ok but it somehow messed my icons in my desktop, it keeps on aligning them automatically to the left whenever i refresh my desktop, even if i unchecked auto arrange and auto align

    any suggestions?

    thanks.

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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    Hi Voltsb333,

    This is strange. I have not seen that happen as a result of that tutorial before.

    Have you tried restarting the computer again to see if that may reset it?

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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    yep, i thought it was strange too...

    anyway i used system restore to get back the icons but now the "remember folder settings" does'nt work anymore, my windows explorer window goes to it's default size everytime.

    i'll try the other manual method in your folder's tutorial and will update soon.

    thanks.

    ***UPDATE: everythings ok now, i used the manual method

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    Re: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By

    Voltsb333, I'm happy to hear that it is working for you now.

    Now that is strange. The REG download does exactly the same as the manual method, but automatically. Did you do anything different or skip any parts while doing the manual method?

    Thank you for posting your results.

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