I have a lot of files and icons on my desktop and it’s filling up nearly 75% of my desktop space. Even though it’s quite messy but I remember exactly where the icons and files that I always use are because I don’t move them around or change the position on the desktop. Yesterday I booted my computer into Safe Mode and the screen automatically changes to a bigger resolution. When I booted back to normal Windows, all my files and icons on my desktop automatically got reshuffled! It took me sometime to rearrange the icons and files back to the place where it used to be.
There were also a few occasions where holding the Ctrl key plus scrolling on the mouse will change the size of the icons at Desktop, causing them to move out of the original positions. If you find such situation annoying, solving this problem is actually quite easy by using a utility to memorize the icon positions and allowing you to easily restore it back to the way it was.
Previously I featured Icon Restore on this page but it is outdated and no longer being maintained where it does not work with Windows 7 as well. So here is a worthy replacement tool called DesktopOK which is free, light, portable and does the job really well.
DesktopOK is very lightweight at only 135KB in size. All you need to do to save the desktop icon layout is run the program and click the Save button. If the desktop icons somehow got messed up, just run DesktopOK again and double click on the icon-layout that you have previously saved to restore back the icons to the original position. It is possible to save as many layout as you want which is very useful for different screen resolutions. For the fun of it, there is a button called “Punch the Icons” that randomizes the icons position which is useful to test the restoration of the saved desktop layout icons.
DesktopOK also comes with a few interesting features that can be found in the Tools menubar such as temporarily hiding the cursor when mouse is not moved for an amount of time, hiding the desktop icons and taskbar, and using the mousewheel to scroll even on programs that are ran in background. Do take note that DesktopOK must be running in order for all these features to be available. The options for DesktopOK allows you to configure the auto save interval, auto save before Windows shutdown, restore during Windows startup, and auto starting of the program.
DesktopOK is free and runs from Windows 98 to Windows 7 both 32-bit and 64-bit although the 64-bit.