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  • Save/Restore Icon Layout

    For the zillionth time now, my 100+ desktop icons have been rearranged by forces unknown.

    After checking around for free icon layout save and restore utilities, I found these of interest ...
    • IconRestore
    • DesktopRestore
    • DesktopOK
    • ReIcon
    ... and went with ReIcon. I like it because it added a menu item to the Desktop context menu - to save and restore a layout.

    But, I'd be interested in writing a utility of my own to do something similar. I found a thread by Peter but couldn't get his sample code to run in PBWin10.

    It appears that the list of icons, and their positions, are in the Registry

  • #2
    Gary Beene you have outlined why I use Fences. The current version is available from Stardock for a small charge. There is also a really old version (I am thinking from before Stardock bought it?) for free on Softpedia, that is less fancy, but still extremely useful. Fences (regardless of the version) will save your sanity.
    I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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    • #3
      Another very happy user of Fences here

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      • #4
        Been using Fences for over 5 years and happy with it. On Win7 Pro, with hundreds of icons in dozens of "fences" (panels), it can be a little slow during startup, but well worth it.
        -John

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        • #5
          Gary, I do not see any sample from Peter, did you meant Tonny?
          If so, you will have to adapt LV_ITEM to 64 bit on 64bit OS.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the suggestion on Fences. I took a look and it has quite a list of features. At $10, it's quite affordable. I'll likely give it a try.

            So if an event occurs, one that would normally scramble the icon positions on the desktop, will Fences keep its "fences" in position? I assume so but their video doesn't exactly mention it.

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            • #7
              Arggghhhhhh!!!! I installed Fences and opened it, used the default fence creation. BIG (STUPID) MISTAKE!. All of my carefully placed icons were moved into a set of default fences. The very thing i wanted to avoid, was done by my own hands.

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              • #8
                Fences looks like good stuff so I thought I would try it. But, http://install.api.stardock.net/installer/Initialize... is blacklisted by ESET AV. I'm pretty conservative when it comes to touching the Internet, so will have to poke around a bit.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jerry Wilson View Post
                  Fences looks like good stuff so I thought I would try it. But, http://install.api.stardock.net/installer/Initialize... is blacklisted by ESET AV. I'm pretty conservative when it comes to touching the Internet, so will have to poke around a bit.

                  In that case, I am surprised ESET lets Windows run at all. Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft licensed technology from Stardock to integrate into Windows.

                  You could try the link I posted to the pre-Stardock version on Softpedia. It is not as fancy, but it will give you an idea of how it works.

                  I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gary Beene View Post
                    Arggghhhhhh!!!! I installed Fences and opened it, used the default fence creation. BIG (STUPID) MISTAKE!. All of my carefully placed icons were moved into a set of default fences. The very think i wanted to avoid, was done by my own hands.

                    I guess I spoke too soon about Fences saving your sanity.
                    I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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                    • #11
                      Brice, I went ahead and manually created a custom set of fences and moved my desktop items into the new fences.

                      But, except for the Fences rollup feature, I'd have about the same visual result by just creating folders and placing the desktop items in those. I think I like it, but ask me again in a month.

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                      • #12
                        Fences +1
                        <b>George W. Bleck</b>
                        <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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                        • #13
                          Bump

                          I’m always RDP’ing to my other PCs and the icons would always rearrange.

                          Fences was the answer; I disable rollup & and quick hide
                          BASIC shampoo - DO:LATHER:RINSE:LOOP UNTIL CLEAN <>0

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                          • #14
                            But, http://install.api.stardock.net/installer/Initialize... is blacklisted by ESET AV.
                            I sent a message to ESET and, within a couple of hours, they determined that the link to Stardock was safe (expected) and dropped if from their black list. I was surprised (stunned?) by how quickly they responded.

                            Fences cleaned up my desktop - a lot. Well worth the $10 price tag.

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                            • #15
                              Have been using Fences for about 5 years... excellent product - never had a problem with it. +1

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                              • #16
                                I'm assuming that all those with the need for Fences are running Windows 10, am I right? I don't have this issue on 7, yet, anyway.
                                Rod
                                "To every unsung hero in the universe
                                To those who roam the skies and those who roam the earth
                                To all good men of reason may they never thirst " - from "Heaven Help the Devil" by G. Lightfoot

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                                • #17
                                  Applies to all OS' -- Its especially apparent when you have multiple monitors and use RDP to connect TO the device remotely and then log back in locally.
                                  Last edited by George Bleck; 13 Mar 2019, 07:25 AM.
                                  <b>George W. Bleck</b>
                                  <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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                                  • #18
                                    I'm using it on Win 7

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Rodney Hicks View Post
                                      I'm assuming that all those with the need for Fences are running Windows 10, am I right? I don't have this issue on 7, yet, anyway.

                                      This issue has existed since "Active Desktop" was added to Windows 95.

                                      I am legally blind. Please forgive any typos. I do try and catch as many as I can.

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