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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
10/07/03: Save My Desktop
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My dad plays some weird games on the computer, and he
keeps messing with the resolution. The worst is some old
flight simulator. After that, all the icons are shuffled all over
the place and some can't even be found until I move others.
Is there a way to nail the icons down permanently ?
No, you can't nail them down. When Windows changes the
monitor resolution, instead of recalculating icon sizes and
placement, it simply trashes that and re-arranges your icons.
A System Restore will usually bring them back to where
they belong, but that is pretty hot medicine!
There is a little freeware program that just saves the
desktop settings and lets you restore those.
It is called SMD (Save My Desktop)
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/ has the original, but
you may have a lot of trouble unzipping that.
I uploaded the program in the already unzipped version to
It's a tiny little program, and all it does is save icon positions
and restore them. No weird options.
Just "SAVE" and "RESTORE"
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