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Desktop icons keep auto rearranging

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bart1963 Calculating status...
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Aug 2, 2011 12:00 PM

My desktop icons keep getting automatically rearranged so that they are all bunched up in a grid pattern on the right side of my descktop.  I've manually rearranged them to where I want them twice and after rebooting they go back to being rearranged so that they are all bunched up in a grid pattern on the right side of my descktop.  I have my View - Sort By setting on "None".

 

VERY frustrating..!!!

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MBP 15.4, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Aug 2, 2011 12:02 PM (in response to bart1963)
    27" i7 iMac 10.6 , Mac OS X (10.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Aug 2, 2011 12:56 PM (in response to bart1963)

    You didn't indicate that you tried searching; thus, my query, which BTW wasn't an indictment. Since I've answered this question numerous times the past week, I expected it to show up with a search. If not, then post the issues with forum seaching to https://discussions.apple.com/community/using_apple_support_communities

    27" i7 iMac 10.6 , Mac OS X (10.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,475 points)
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    Aug 2, 2011 1:02 PM (in response to bart1963)

    Hi,

     

    Open a Finder window. Select your Home folder in the Sidebar on the left then open the Library folder then the Preferences folder.

     

    Move the com.apple.desktop.plist file to the Trash.

     

    Restart your Mac. Try arranging the folders from the Finder View menu.

     

    A word to the wise...   too many folders on the Destop can slow your Mac down as well as corrupting Desktop preferences. If you can, move as many folders as you can to the Documents folder.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Aug 2, 2011 1:10 PM (in response to Carolyn Samit)

    Carolyn Samit wrote:

    …too many folders on the Destop can slow your Mac down as well as corrupting Desktop preferences. If you can, move as many folders as you can to the Documents folder.

    While your advice is usually sound, this is nothing but FUD. I've been running with over 200 items on my Desktops for years and have never seen the corruption or so-called slow down that you're implying. 

    27" i7 iMac 10.6 , Mac OS X (10.7), G4 450 MP 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,475 points)
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    Aug 2, 2011 1:41 PM (in response to baltwo)

    Lucky for me I'm not familiar with that acronym.

  • drjoeng Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2011 11:02 AM (in response to bart1963)

    Did you get the problem sorted out?

     

    I finally figured out that it was the iDisk on my desktop that was screwing things up.  I "stopped" iDisk from syncing (Preferences>MobileMe>iDisk>iDisk Sync OFF).

     

    Let me know how this goes.

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