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atomicluck1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
Iv tried everything, but I can't stop my desktop icons from roaming. No matter how many times I move the icons back to the top of the desktop. Whenever I shut down the new MBP the icons return to the right side when I start up again. I have "none" marked on the icon list so no idea why they keep rearranging themselves when I shut down.

Any ideas?

Thanks for the help.

MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2.26GHz | 4.00GB Ram | 500GB HD | AirPort 802.11n + high speed.
  • 1. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)
    Which icons? I believe that icons for things that may come and go, like hard drives, are arranged automatically. If you're seeing files themselves moving around, you may have a corrupt .DS_Store file in your desktop folder. Try pasting this command in the terminal:

    rm -f ~/Desktop/.DS_Store


    Be sure to copy and paste rather than trying to re-type it... the rm command is dangerous - it deletes files immediately, do not pass through the trash, do not collect $200 - and if you don't type it exactly right, you could have disastrous consequences.
  • 2. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    atomicluck1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Thomas,

    By desktop icons I mean the ones that I created or that came over when I migrated from my iBook a couple of weeks ago when I set up the MBP.

    Actually Iv been to the Genius bar at the suggestion of Applecare. Applecare thought that maybe the new MBP was getting confused with the old plists, etc from the G4 iBook (10.4) and the 10.6 that I have now.

    The Genius bar did remove some old files and plists, but in the couple of week since the MBP is staring to do the same thing again. With the desktop icons (including the Mac HD) moving around. So far it's only after I shut down and start up again the next day or next time I use the MBP.

    I move them back to the position where I want, but eventually they go back to either the right side in random order or jumble up.

    Does that give more information?

    Thanks

    PS. I think the migration from the iBook working with one system and over to intel and MBP doesn't go quite as smoothly as they think it does.
  • 3. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (27,925 points)
    Does that give more information?


    More information than was necessary, unless deleting the .DS_Store file didn't work. Did you try that?
  • 4. Re: Deleting the hidden .DS_Store file on the desktop, does not solve the
    ChristopheLemaire Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Hello,

    I deleted the hidden .DS_Store file on the desktop, using Onyx, a few days ago.
    I changed the view options to Arrange by: NONE. Previously it was to "Snap to grid".

    Unfortunately after a few days, the problem came back.


    Since the icons on the desktop are being rearranged, I believe the problem lies in the finder window view. When you change the view (list, column or cover flow) inside a finder window, it seems that at this time something will go wrong on next login. Notice that if you change a view in one finder folder. When you go into a new finder window, the last change applies on previous window. There must be a conflict there, that affects the desktop icons.

    Hope Apple find the problem...
    Good luck!
    P.S.: Strange that this problem does not exist in 10.5 (Leopard).
  • 5. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    ApMaX Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Deleting the invisible file ".DS_Store" on the Desktop does not fix it.
  • 6. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    ApMaX Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The problem remains with Mac OS X 10.6.4.
  • 7. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    sirdharma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Greetings,

    I confirm this issue. This has been driving my girlfriend crazy since the launch of Snow Leopard.
    Display Settings on her Desktop are set to "Snap to Grid". I have deleted ~/Desktop/.DS_Store several times, this did not solve the issue.

    I really hope Apple will solve this bug quickly.

    Regards,
    François
  • 8. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    Stranded Starfish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem and it is REALLY annoying since I keep about 60 icons on my desktop in tidy order and have done so for several years, but when I upgraded to 10.6.4 last weekend this problem appeared.

    I have tried everything I can come up with, but the icons move to the right side regardless, after every cold reboot.

    It is really hampering my professional work since I´ve worked with this same setup for so long using all the shortcuts to my production resources.

    So Apple please give this bug high priority

    Message was edited by: Stranded Starfish
  • 9. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    wunderkindof Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for the command. Totally works.
  • 10. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    Cyberdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the problem too. I'm a Mac user since back in the nineties and always appreciated that on a Mac, that icons and windows always remain where you leave them. It's very frustrating to see your desktop files bunched up randomly on the right side of the screen after a reboot. This is violating the spatial organization principles the Mac was built on.

    Apple: PLEASE fix this bug!
  • 11. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    amram Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem for months
    really bad
    after restart, all desktop icons are rearranged to top left ordered by name

    Apple, please help !
  • 12. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    ChristopheLemaire Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The problem still persist in 10.6.4. About once every month for me.

    Deleting the DS hidden files does not solve the problem.

    I noticed that it seems to happen when you get a finder popup, when for example uploading a file in safari, from the Desktop. This, only when you change the view (column, list, cover flow), in this finder popup, then you get the problem the next time you startup the Mac.
    Still not 100% sure about the cause.

    Just hope 10.6.5 will solve the problem...
  • 13. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    trollius Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Same problem here - every few days - and in other folders too !!!
    Aaaarrrrrggggghhhhh

    Only in 10.6 (actually 10.6.4)
    Never in 10.5
  • 14. Re: Roaming desktop icons
    ChristopheLemaire Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The problem still persist in 10.6.5.

    The problem starts when for example:
    1. Safari: Get the popup window to upload a file from desktop.
    2. iPhoto: Get the popup window when importing photos

    ...then the icons will be sorted alphabetically on desktop, and therefore "destroy" the manual organization of these.
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