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Auto Arrange Desktop Icons in Windows® 7

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Windows 7 Auto Arrange IconsAre you curious to know about to Auto Arrange desktop icons feature in Windows 7 operating system?

If the Auto Arrange feature is enabled for your desktop in Windows 7, icons may be automatically arranged from top left to bottom right and it follows the invisible grid that aligns icon. When you try to move an icon away, you may be able to change the order in which the icons are displayed on the desktop, but you may not be able to change the consecutive line up in which they are arranged. Desktop icons might be basically snapping to the nearest available spot on an invisible grid. This may allow you to keep your icons in order and it avoids having icons shown outside the viewable area of the desktop which may probably happen when you change your screen resolution. If Auto Arrange is selected, Windows may decide how to place them on the screen. All icons may be one next to another. If you try to move an icon somewhere else on the desktop, it may move right back from where it came.

The following are the tips to enable and disable Auto Arrange desktop icons feature in Windows 7 operating system:

  • Enabling Auto Arrange desktop icons feature
  • Disabling Auto Arrange desktop icons feature
  • Tips to be kept in mind

Enabling Auto Arrange desktop icons feature
To enable Auto Arrange desktop icons feature in your system, right-click on an empty area of the desktop. From the context menu, choose ‘Arrange Icons By’ to open the submenu. If a checkmark is displayed next to ‘Auto Arrange’, this means that your Auto Arrange is currently enabled. Otherwise, you need to click on ‘Auto Arrange’ to enable it. Windows 7 may place a checkmark next to ‘Auto Arrange’ and apply the change in settings to all the icons on your desktop.

Disabling Auto Arrange desktop icons feature
To disable Auto Arrange feature, right-click on an empty area of your desktop and navigate to ‘Arrange Icons By’ option. Then click on ‘Auto Arrange’ in the submenu. Windows 7 may not shuffle or re-order your icons, so no visual feedback may be there to let you know that Auto Arrange has been turned off. Another way to confirm that you have disabled Auto Arrange is to simply try to drag icons around the desktop and if they do not snap back into their places, it means that Auto Arrange has been disabled.

Tips to be kept in mind
While enabling and disabling your Auto Arrange desktop icons feature in Windows 7 operating system, if you have thoroughly arranged and ordered icons on your desktop, re-enabling ‘Auto Arrange’ may randomly re-order all the icons on your desktop. Also, ensure the system is free from viruses and install good and updated antivirus software program.

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