Question Specific desktop icons keep moving

VermilionNeko

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Hi

As usual, I probably won't get any replies to this, but I don't know where else to turn/ask. 😒 😔

I seem to have this weird and annoying problem where specific desktop icons keep moving. I have two monitors set up - my first has all the icons for my software and my second - the icons for games and things related to gaming. It used to do this with more of them, but at the moment, every gaming icon/folder starting with the letter 'D' keep getting moved over to my first monitor. 😣 It's super annoying. I've tried various things, but nothing seems to be working. It might be one of those cases where to permenantly fix it, I'd just need to reformat, but I have no plans for that at the moment. And it's a bit extreme.

These are some of the things I've tried:

  • Doing a system scan/fix using Command Prompt and typing sfx /scannow. That's fixed some issues, but this problem remains
  • I've turned off Auto Arrange Icons and Align Icons to Grid. Never seems to help
  • I've gone to Personalise > Themes > Desktop Icons Settings and unchecked 'Allow themes to change desktop icons'
  • I've deleted the icon cache, but, nada
  • I've tried changing the icon size to small and then back to medium - nothing
It always seems to happen whenever the PC loads up for the first time or I hit Refresh on the desktop.

Has anyone else come across this problem before? Are there other methods anyone could suggest?

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Aeacus

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but at the moment, every gaming icon/folder starting with the letter 'D' keep getting moved over to my first monitor.
Peculiar problem. :unsure:

Are there other methods anyone could suggest?
How about renaming the folder/shortcut, so that it doesn't start with D?

E.g rather than:
Dota
you instead use:
_Dota

And to make it look prettier (without spaces):
_ Dota _
 

VermilionNeko

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Peculiar problem. :unsure:



How about renaming the folder/shortcut, so that it doesn't start with D?

E.g rather than:
Dota
you instead use:
_Dota

And to make it look prettier (without spaces):
_ Dota _
Interesting idea. Sadly though, it's still moving those for some bizarre reason. The icons in question are Dark Souls III, Deathloop, Discord, and DS4Windows. But yeah, even with '_' at the start, it still keeps moving them when I hit refresh, or reboot. :??: They won't move if I refresh on my second monitor, but they will on my first.
 

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A long shot, but where the items 1st created on 2nd monitor? :unsure: If so, it would make sense why they "travel back" once you hit refresh.
Hmm. I'm not sure, to be honest. I imagine they were first created on the first monitor as they were generated by Steam and they always put them on monitor one by default. In fact, every icon I add are automatically added to monitor one's desktop. But if that was the reason, my other Steam game icons would also move. I have three others and they haven't moved an inch. Plus, one of the icons was created by me and it's a folder - a shortcut - to the game's saves.

I did have this problem with more icons earlier in the year and the above methods I tried seemed to stop it. Now it's started again but only with icons starting with 'D'. :-\
 

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If you were to create new shortcut/folder/text file straight on the desktop, which name starts with "D", does that also travel around? :unsure:
Sorry for the late reply. I just tried creating a new shortcut simply named 'D' and yeah - that moves as well.

EDIT: Mind you, no matter what I call it, it moves. I really don't get why it's only certain ones. And why the other icons don't.

EDIT 2: It looks as though anything starting with A-D (and possibly E) all move. F and onwards - nothing.
 
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Aeacus

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Mind you, no matter what I call it, it moves. I really don't get why it's only certain ones. And why the other icons don't.
Since i don't have dual monitor setup myself, i don't know how to deal with this peculiar problem, nor i can check/validate possible fixes myself. Still, it is possible it's one of the random Windows anomalies, which happen who knows why. :unsure:
I too have one peculiar issue with my Win, which i did pursue a bit, but since it's relatively minor, i haven't gotten to the bottom of it.

Have you considered clean Win install? Since this, most likely, would fix the anomaly within the Win.
 

VermilionNeko

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Since i don't have dual monitor setup myself, i don't know how to deal with this peculiar problem, nor i can check/validate possible fixes myself. Still, it is possible it's one of the random Windows anomalies, which happen who knows why. :unsure:
I too have one peculiar issue with my Win, which i did pursue a bit, but since it's relatively minor, i haven't gotten to the bottom of it.

Have you considered clean Win install? Since this, most likely, would fix the anomaly within the Win.
Yeah, a clean install is out the question at the moment. And certainly for something so minor. When I finally get around to a computer upgrade - new RAM, mobo, CPU etc - that’s when I’ll be doing a fresh install. Just a shame I can’t fix minor annoyances like this until then.
 

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