Order in the chaos: this is how you tame your desktop

In Windows, shortcuts and files on the desktop tend to move unintentionally. But there is something to do!

Windows desktop icons often tend to be in a different place than usual after a (re)start of your computer. A phenomenon that occurs, for example, if you connect an external monitor to your laptop as a second screen, or a TV or beamer. The 'shuffle actions' also sometimes take place spontaneously. And last but not least, too long filenames seem to make for jumping shortcuts and files.

Annoying, because many people still use their desktop to often set up quite a few shortcuts and files. Actually, that is not a good feature, because it often causes a mess. But just as one has a spic and span desk or work table, another swears by 'ordered chaos'. But then one in which the user in question sees a system himself.

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It's the same with the desktop in Windows. If someone likes to fill that with shortcuts and files, so be it. But it must remain a controllable 'chaos'. To do this, right-click anywhere on an empty piece of desktop. In the opened context menu, choose under Image for example - Normal icons. Larger or smaller ones are possible, but experience shows that they are often somewhat inconvenient to use.

The key to avoiding the jumping icons is in selecting Align icons to grid. In other words: preferably never choose Icons Auto Arrange. If you do, sooner or later you will be confronted with staggered icons. In itself it is and remains strange, because automatic arranging should in principle only ensure that the icons fit neatly. And they shouldn't change order. But the reality seems to be different.

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