Desktop shortcuts move after Hibernate

Compaq / Presario v5100
September 27, 2009 at 07:13:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home, 3.079 GHz / 2046 MB

I wonder if anyone can suggest a solution or point me to information on my shortcut issue.

I have 69 shortcuts on my desktop and after return from Hibernation mode or Standby mode, some of them are out of place.

The movement only occurs where there are multiple shortcuts stacked vertically up the screen. Single shortcuts along the bottom of the screen do not move.

There are two full columns of shortcuts on the left of the screen. A gap in the first column appears with an extra shortcut pushed to the top of the second column and one from the bottom of the second column goes to the top of the third column.

On the right side there are two columns of shortcuts, but they are not full - there is space for one more shortcut in each column, and after hibernation/standby one of the shortcuts in the first of the two right-hand columns has moved to the top of the right-most column, leaving a space in the middle of the column and pushing some icons down in the right-most column.

Not exactly a life-threatening issue - but a bit annoying!

The configuration is:
Compaq Presario V5100 Laptop
Processor AMD Turion
OS XP Home 32 bit- all SPs applied
Screen 15.4-inch, WXGA, TFT (1280 × 800) display
Screen resolution 1280 x 800
DPI set to 96DPI
Video driver ATI MOBILITY RADEON Xpress 200 Series
Icon size = 30
Font Tahoma 8pt
Vertical spacing 28
Horizontal spacing 28
Background image (Stretch option)
Theme - custom theme
Screen saver Beziers

The shortcuts appear in the correct position after a full restart.

I use Desktop Icon Save and Restore by Jamie O’Connell, but I have to run it 6 times to get all the icons back in the right position!


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September 27, 2009 at 10:19:49
My suggestion would be to organize your shortcuts.
Create folders on your desktop for different categories. For example utilities, games, word processors, graphics, video, etc.
Or you could break them down alphabetically, A-E, F-J, etc.
But if you prefer to have them all on the desktop, there are utilities that can save and restore your layout.

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September 27, 2009 at 10:59:33
Hello aegis1,

Thanks for your reply.

I do use a desktop restore program, but it has to be run several times before it can get all the shortcuts back into place.

I hadn't considered grouping into folders, which might be OK for less frequently used shortcuts.


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September 27, 2009 at 11:21:17
Hi aegis1,

Using your suggestion of folders, I reduced the number of icons on the desktop. By further testing I found that if I have three shortcuts one above the other from the bottom of the screen upwards, one shortcut always gets moved, even if there are no further shortcuts above it.

I can have a complete column of icons, and they wont move after standby, as long as there is one empty space in the column at position 3 from the bottom.

It looks as though on return from standby the effective vertical screen space is reduced for a fraction of a second, causing icons to be moved, unless there is space above the bottom two icons.


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September 27, 2009 at 11:23:46
You're very welcome, Humar. Maybe someone will suggest a better desktop restore program then the one you are using.

(edit) how about not using the maximum number of icons per column?

And, maybe reduce the amount of space used for each icon. Display Properties > Appearance > Advanced button > Icon Spacing (vertical).

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September 27, 2009 at 14:27:48
If your taskbar is set to "auto-hide", maybe it pops up to show systray icons as those programs are prompted to "wake-up" from stand-by or hibernate, and this just precedes explorer rebuilding the desktop and icons. I avoid both, just having the monitor go into stand-by - I've had various problems in the past, so learned the hard way.

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September 27, 2009 at 18:49:03
Thanks Rambler,

I looked at Taskbar properties, but it is not set to autohide, but the idea that something may be taking up screen space during the restart from standby or hibernate is possible.

I did wonder if it was using a different screen resolution, but the background image looks OK.


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