Question: I moved my desktop icons to different positions on the desktop so I can find them easier, but when I restart my computer they are back the way they were originally. How can I make them stay where I want them?
Answer: Right click on an empty spot on the desktop. Then click on “view.” Remove the check mark from “auto arrange icons.” Now arrange your icons the way you want them. When you restart your computer, your icons will stay the way you arranged them.
Also, if you notice a desktop icon goes missing, and the icon wasn’t deleted or moved from the desktop by you, then right click on an empty spot on the desktop. Then click on “refresh.” This will usually make the icon show up again. If this doesn’t work, right click on the desktop and select “view.” Put a checkmark in the “auto arrange icons,” then uncheck the “auto arrange icons” and move your icons back where you want them to be. The missing icon should now show up on the desktop.
Sometimes desktop icons seem to vanish because your desktop is too crowed and the icons overlap so you can’t see them all. Clean up your desktop by deleting short cut icons that you aren’t using, so that your icons don’t overlap.
You can also create a folder on the desktop and name it “unused icons.” Then drag and drop the icons you don’t use very often into this folder. This will free up space on your desktop and still give you easy access to the seldom used icons.