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atomicluck1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Mar 16, 2010 6:14 AM
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.
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Mar 16, 2010 6:31 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    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.
    17" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,980 points)
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    Mar 16, 2010 6:45 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    Does that give more information?


    More information than was necessary, unless deleting the .DS_Store file didn't work. Did you try that?
    17" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 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).
    Aluminium Macbook 13"-2.4Ghz-4Gb, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone 3GS-32Gb
  • ApMaX Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 8, 2010 10:34 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    Deleting the invisible file ".DS_Store" on the Desktop does not fix it.
    Mactel, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • ApMaX Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 16, 2010 11:57 PM (in response to atomicluck1)
    The problem remains with Mac OS X 10.6.4.
    Mactel, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • sirdharma Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 24, 2010 12:39 AM (in response to ApMaX)
    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
    Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Stranded Starfish Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2010 3:40 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    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
    MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • wunderkindof Calculating status...
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    Jul 13, 2010 10:17 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
    Thank you for the command. Totally works.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Cyberdog Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2010 12:12 AM (in response to Stranded Starfish)
    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!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • amram Calculating status...
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    Jul 14, 2010 12:55 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    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 !
    macbook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • ChristopheLemaire Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Sep 15, 2010 1:03 PM (in response to atomicluck1)
    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...
    Aluminium Macbook 13"-2.4Ghz-4Gb, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 - 32Gb
  • trollius Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Oct 7, 2010 2:49 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    Same problem here - every few days - and in other folders too !!!
    Aaaarrrrrggggghhhhh

    Only in 10.6 (actually 10.6.4)
    Never in 10.5
    MBP i5 Mid 2010 and lots of other apples, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • ChristopheLemaire Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 29, 2010 2:17 AM (in response to atomicluck1)
    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.
    Aluminium Macbook 13"-2.4Ghz-4Gb, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iPhone 4 - 32Gb
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