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Can Icons be locked in place


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#1 richierein

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 02:29 PM

I provide support for several computers at one location. I have arranged the icons to make it easy for users to find them. It seems that someone (probably a kid) who rearranges them almost everyday by selecting 'auto arrange icons'. Is there any way to lock them in place to prevent this from happening?

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:20 PM

I don't think there is a way to lock icons but there are number of freebies which will save icons layout and you can easily restore it
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK
http://users.rcn.com/taylotr/icon_restore.html (Vista and 7 are not listed but I use it in Vista and it works just fine)

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:29 PM

Thanks but I know how to easily restore them. I am looking to prevent these kids from changing them all the time. If you think of something, let me know.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:01 PM

I am looking to prevent these kids from changing them all the time.

Is it just that they Move them, or do they try and Delete them ? ?

OK - Grandson who plays with my desktop icons, and I yell at him each time :P

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:10 PM

They move then by clicking 'auto arrange icons'. Then I have to put them back into the right place. I hate being bothered doing this almost everyday.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

I found couple of possible solutions.

1. Not free: http://www.idesksoft.com/
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2. Some registry tricks: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_i.htm
Icons - Keep in Place after Reboot
Icons - Lock on Desktop
Listed as XP tricks so you'd have to check if it works in 7.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:18 PM

'Lock on Desktop' says to put the file in C:\Winnt\System32 which does not exist in Windows 7.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:44 PM

In Windows 7 that would be C:\Windows\System32

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:52 PM

I'll give it a try later this week. Thanks.

I see your request for donations. I would love to help but I live in a nursing home and my monthly income from Social Security is only $35. But I want you to know that I really appreciate your assistance. Ain't this government wonderful.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:09 PM

His line actually reads >My help doesn't cost a penny,< and he is happy with that :)

We actually all learn from answering the questions here (and other forums), but the Experts usually all have a similar line in their signature.
This is only due to the amount of time they have spent on study for fixing computers for free -
A simple Thank You is often the best payment most get, and they are all happy with that - :hello:

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:26 AM

I provide support for several computers at one location. I have arranged the icons to make it easy for users to find them. It seems that someone (probably a kid) who rearranges them almost everyday by selecting 'auto arrange icons'. Is there any way to lock them in place to prevent this from happening?

Maybe the user doesn't like the layout you've chosen and wants to arrange them his own way? Have you asked the users if they like what you've chosen for them?

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:59 AM

This is setup to be used in the simplest way possible.




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