I am not sure what an outcome would be on that, but your eagerness to help is uplifting ... goodonyer
SO i have copied and pasted the current setup to a newly made document...then deleted it....and then copied and pasted the setup from the same folder/file in timeshift....
In the end, Brian (Condobloke) was "close but no cigar" with #8 on metadata.
In there are x and y co-ordinates (by pixel) for where the desktop icons are placed. An example of mine currently is in the Spoiler
On the lines "nemo-icon-position", the figure left of the comma is horizontal from the left in pixels, the figure right of the comma is vertical pixels measured down from the top of the display.
So on a display with a resolution of
19" is 1280 x 1024 (5:4)
... for Brian's HP monitor and my Dell monitor, those figures reflect the limits that can be applied to where the icons are placed.
See this screenshot, from the Dell:
The above was my rearrangement of 3 icons on a revised 'Serena' Cinnamon (borked the first one, had to reinstall)
Then, modifying the metadata file:
I used a figure of 1 for the x co-ordinate - zero and negative numbers seem to have no impact.
Note that the "r" in "RosaMATE-USB", the "c" in "Computer", and the "h" in "Home" are all vertically aligned, but with icons slightly non-aligned. This lends credence to what I said before about short names for icons and folders manufactured by the User.
My xrandr output from Terminal is as follows:
It shows that I have two (2) screens in the Garage, but only the Dell works properly (that is DVI-I-1 connected primary)
These xrandr figures are more comprehensive than you can get under alternatives such as "Settings - Display". Discussion on that is for elsewhere, but xrandr is a useful tool in your tool-belt.
The 3rd screenshot follows:
This is what happens when, in the metadata file, I change "icon-scale=1" to "icon-scale=10" for the Computer entry ... I will change it back, lol.
There seems to be an inconsistency between whether the changes effected take place in real time, and /or whether to log out and log back in. I have not worked all that out yet.
For The Viewers:
The file modified can be found in your File Manager, by clicking Home, and then Ctrl-h to show hidden files and folders, then tunnel down through .config & Nemo to the metadata.
The metadata file does not require elevated privileges to change and save, but as a safeguard I would advise making a copy, eg :
cp desktop-metadata desktop-metadata.bkp
... This can then be restored from another Distro if you multiboot like I do, or from a Live installation CD/DVD/USB - simply by putting back the original.
Edited by wizardfromoz, 25 February 2017 - 01:35 AM.