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2nd monitor - icons move to edge (sometimes)

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keriah Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Apr 29, 2012 9:02 PM

I have a 2nd monitor attached to my MBAir.  I have icons (folders, a few files, and some aliases - not a lot!!) positioned on both monitors.  I can work this way just fine for days.  (Yes, I do restart nightly and, yes, after a basic restart all the icons stay put.)

 

But sometimes, out of the blue, something happens that causes all the icons on the 2nd monitor to line up on the border between the two screen displays (i.e., almost off the 2nd monitor but not quite completely onto the MBAir's display). 

 

This seems to be related to saving a file onto the desktop -- say, when I'm using Safari on the 2nd monitor and I drag the address bar address to save a webloc file.  However, I can do this more often than not with no odd effects.  (However, lately I've started dragging into a FOLDER on the desktop to avoid this.)  Now, I just watched it happen when all I did was save a tiny .TXT file to the desktop.

 

Of course I can fix things by dragging everything back to where it was (plus, I typically do a Restart before that since I figure something has gone amiss with the system so I'd like to clean things out).  But what I'd really like is to figure out is why this is happening in the first place so that I can prevent it ... or, at least, so that I can stop doing whatever special behavior is causing it.

 

Any ideas?

Mini + Air11, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iPhones, iPods, iPad, MacBook Pro (10.6), PB G4 (10.4), ATV
  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:46 PM (in response to keriah)

    Check your Displays preferences Arrangement.

     

    Are you sure you are not accidentially zooming the screen (usually control + drag finger on magic mouse or scroll wheel)?

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 10:30 PM (in response to keriah)

    Can you reproduce this in another account?

  • oz-macnut Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:02 PM (in response to keriah)

    I had to deal with this feature when migrating from Tiger to Snow Leopard. I use a separate keyboard and mouse and avoid the trackpad for longer tasks as a result.

     

    Check that you are not accidentally enlarging the position of icons on your desktop using Multi-touch gestures.

    When in the Finder, the two-finger pinch makes all the icons on the desktop grow and shrink.

     

    You can turn off the two-finger pinch in your Trackpad System Preferences pane. Labelled: "Pinch Open & Close"

     

    To verify that is the cause, go to the Finder and open your view options (⌘-J) and see what happens to the "icon size" when you two-finger pinch.

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    Hope that helps.

     

    - Oz

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 30, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to keriah)

    Any chance you can take a camera and post a picture of this?

  • Avro85 Calculating status...
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    May 20, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to keriah)

    Keriah, I have same issue. Also to note I have to off set the arrow when trying to click on an Icon. For instance When the icons are displaced I have to click significantly below them to actually click on the icon. Very annoying. As a temporary work around I have to change resolution, then change back to original and temp fixed my issue. I will still search for a perm solution.

     

    avro85

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