Icons do not align to grid despite the setting

Gateway Atxstf
December 24, 2011 at 15:07:37
Specs: WinXP Pro SP3, 2.5Gb
In THIS WinXP system, when I move desktop icons slightly, it's like they are on elastic bands, and they snap back into place. In another similar WinXP system of mine on a different computer, the icons stay put in any higgeldy-piggeldy position I drag them. The settings on the desktop menu for 'Arrange icons by...' are identical for the two WinXP systems. How might I fix the faulty (the latter) one ?

Basty


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#1
December 24, 2011 at 17:36:06
Dunno - weird. I take it they are both set to "align to grid".

Silly question maybe but if your restart the misbehaving computer does this help?
Just wondering if somehow the computer isn't picking up the setting.

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#2
December 24, 2011 at 23:37:03
@ 42
My system appears to work like yours, and depends on how far is
slightly or higgeldy-piggeldy position (??)

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#3
December 24, 2011 at 23:43:39
'slighty' - there is not much distance between one grid node and another. But it is obvious when in one PC the icons do not 'line up' and in another they do so rigorously.

By the way, rebooting does NOT help.

Basty


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#4
December 25, 2011 at 06:03:58
Right click your desktop screen. point to the top line in the menu and scroll down to "Auto arrange icons" in the followup menu. Remove the tick mark from here and you can place icons wherever you ant on the desktop.

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#5
December 25, 2011 at 09:14:10
I'm after the opposite effect - I do not want to be able to place them anywhere. I want them to 'snap to grid'.

Basty


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#6
December 25, 2011 at 18:18:21
Sounds rather like a slight glitch in Windows. If it only happened fairly recently and you have an idea when it happened, it might be a case of using System Restore. This does not lose your own files (as you probably know).

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