desktop icon range-selection

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January 4, 2009 at 15:44:03
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.002 GHz / 2047 MB
My desktop icons are arranged vertically in columns but when I try to range-select a group of them they range-select horizontally in rows instead of vertically. How can I fix this?

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January 4, 2009 at 16:35:34
Well I think it's a Windows XP standard I've never seen a XP computer not acting like that. :)


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January 4, 2009 at 21:06:21
Tzepesch, thanks for your input.
My old W2K box arranged and range-selected desktop icons in groups vertically (in columns). It was much easier to manage the icons with that arrangement. I am surprised that XP doesn't do the same. I figured I had somehow changed something.
If I can't range-select icons in columns in XP, is there some way to get XP to allow me to arrange the icons horizontally instead of vertically?

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January 5, 2009 at 05:41:24
bobwhite, Have you right clicked your Desktop, choose "Arrange icons by", and checkmarked "Auto Arrange" and "Align To Grid" ? You could also download and install "Icon Restore" which is Free at the link below.


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January 5, 2009 at 15:51:43
Tufenuf. Yes, been there - done that.
My problem is not with how the icons are arranged on the desktop. My problem is with selecting a group of adjacent icons to delete or move them. If I click on an icon and then shift-click another icon, say, 4 rows below in the same vertical column, I get those icons selected alright and all those in between vertically, as I should, but in addition I get all the icons to the left and right of that column as well. So I wind up having to select each, individual icon separately. I cannot simply range-select a desired group of icons in a vertical column.
How can I fix this?

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January 5, 2009 at 20:40:30
I don't think you can change the behaviour you describe, but you can select a vertical column of icons:

1. Place the mouse pointer just above and to the left/right of the first icon (not directly over the icon).

2. Press and hold the left mouse button while dragging a box around the column of adjacent icons.

3. Release the mouse button.

Unless I totally misunderstood, I believe that's what you're trying to do...

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January 5, 2009 at 21:20:59
kptech, THANK YOU!!
That is a GREAT workaround to what is an obvious glitch in XP! It worked beautifully. Thanks to you and to everyone on who gave time and thought to this problem of mine.

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January 5, 2009 at 21:25:22

You're most welcome. I'm glad I was able to help...

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