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Folders on desktop - how to prevent them from moving?

1083 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: May 27, 2009 6:33 PM by William Brawley RSS
louis ardolino Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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Apr 21, 2009 6:42 AM
Hi,

i have a macbook (black) with an attached monitor. the monitor is an acer and im not mirroring the macbook.

whenever i restart the machine or take the macbook away from the external monitor, my folders on my desktop become re-arranged.

how can i prevent them from moving?
imac snow, Mac OS X (10.2.x)
  • Barry Hemphill Level 7 Level 7 (33,055 points)
    Hello louis:

    With the finder open (nothing else) right click on the screen. A drop down menu will appear. Click on +"view options"+ and then, if I understand you, none.

    Barry
    iMac 20" 2.4 Ghz Intel-based/2 GB, iMac 17" 1.8 Ghz G5/1 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • William Brawley Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Barry Hemphill wrote:
    Hello louis:

    With the finder open (nothing else) right click on the screen. A drop down menu will appear. Click on +"view options"+ and then, if I understand you, none.

    Barry


    I'm having this same experience. I don't understand what you are asking to do. I can right click>"Show View Option">...then what? 'none'? what does that mean?

    thanks.

    EDIT: I am using 10.5.7 (I haven't been on the forum in a while )

    Message was edited by: William Brawley
    black MacBook (Santa Rosa), 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 16GB iPod Touch, 2G 1GB iPod Shuffle, 4G 20GB iPod
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
    I think he means to set the Arrange by to none.

    However, where do you want the icons on the other monitor to go when you disconnect the monitor?
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/PB G3 Pismo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), XLR8 G4 Upgrade for Pismo
  • William Brawley Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    Ah, I see now. Unfortunately, I feel that arranging by non is a bit too freeform and unorganized for my taste (granted I don't have many icons on my desktop anyway). I have it set as "Snap to Grid". I guess with my external display being a different resolution than the MacBook display, having the icons moved to fit the new resolution on the MacBook screen at times is something I will get used to.

    I wish there was a setting or an app that can configure and reconfigure your desktop depending on what it's current resolution is.
    black MacBook (Santa Rosa), 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 16GB iPod Touch, 2G 1GB iPod Shuffle, 4G 20GB iPod
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
    Why does you monitor resolution change when disconnecting the monitor? Each display can have its own resolution.
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/PB G3 Pismo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), XLR8 G4 Upgrade for Pismo
  • William Brawley Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    No, I was just saying that my external monitor and MacBook display have different resolutions. So, at my desk, my main display with my dock, desktop icons, menu bar, etc is my external at 1920x1080. When disconnected by desktop with all the icons has to reconfigure to the MacBook resolution of 1280x800. This is where the icons, folders, etc get moved around for me and the OP's.
    black MacBook (Santa Rosa), 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 16GB iPod Touch, 2G 1GB iPod Shuffle, 4G 20GB iPod
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
    Ok, where would the icons that were outside of the MacBook screen bounds to go when you disconnect the monitor? They've got to re-arrange.

    I suppose you have to wait for resolution independence. Not sure if it will fix that, though.
    1.8 SP G5/iMac G4 FP/MBP 2.33/PB G3 Pismo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), XLR8 G4 Upgrade for Pismo
  • William Brawley Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
    it's not that they were outside the bound so to speak. It's that I would have them organized to Grid on one desktop, then when I switched monitors the grid spacing and locations of some of the icons would be skewed, presumably because of the different resolutions.
    black MacBook (Santa Rosa), 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), 16GB iPod Touch, 2G 1GB iPod Shuffle, 4G 20GB iPod

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