Windows 7 icon positions within a folder?

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[Preamble: Yes, I've tried Googling, but I'm not even sure what the right search terms should be. See title above.]

So, my desktop monitor's been having issues, and sometimes it doesn't communicate its display info to the operating system, so my screen resolution changes slightly. No huge deal, except that all of my desktop icons that I've carefully grouped and arranged for quick access now get thrown together into one large, unsorted pile on the left side of the screen.

For years, Windows had allowed one to (optionally) arrange (and preserve) icon positions within an individual folder, so that you could keep "mini-desktops". I had found this feature to be incredibly handy. Sometime over the recent months (years?) of Windows 7 evolution, that feature has either been removed or severely hidden, replaced with pre-defined orderings such as alphabetical. Yeah, I guess I could precede each icon label with a two-digit number to force an order, but that just seems like too much effort, and I don't necessarily want everything bunched together.

Any ideas, anyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

    [Preamble: Yes, I've tried Googling, but I'm not even sure what the right search terms should be. See title above.]

    So, my desktop monitor's been having issues, and sometimes it doesn't communicate its display info to the operating system, so my screen resolution changes slightly. No huge deal, except that all of my desktop icons that I've carefully grouped and arranged for quick access now get thrown together into one large, unsorted pile on the left side of the screen.

    For years, Windows had allowed one to (optionally) arrange (and preserve) icon positions within an individual folder, so that you could keep "mini-desktops". I had found this feature to be incredibly handy. Sometime over the recent months (years?) of Windows 7 evolution, that feature has either been removed or severely hidden, replaced with pre-defined orderings such as alphabetical. Yeah, I guess I could precede each icon label with a two-digit number to force an order, but that just seems like too much effort, and I don't necessarily want everything bunched together.

    Any ideas, anyone?
    Dont know if it's a monitor/graphics card issue?

    Here's some microsoft info, Arrange, sort, or group your files No idea if it will help?
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Thank you, lan.

      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      Dont know if it's a monitor/graphics card issue?
      Definitely not. Before I quit my day-job, they had me change computers relatively often. The same (previous) functionality worked fine on all of them, and then one day, it was no longer available, on any of them. (I had actually used this same method to "carry around" my preferred arrangements of files, folders, programs, etc., precisely so I wouldn't have to keep setting up a new desktop for each move.)

      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      Here's some microsoft info, Arrange, sort, or group your files No idea if it will help?
      Thanks. That article talks about all of the wonderful ways you can use their approach, while quietly ignoring the method that used to work, i.e., arranging things graphically on a GUI (graphical user interface).

      The real irony is that they start off with the sentence:

      Everyone has their own way of organizing what's important to them....
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