How to keep desktop folders in place when changing monitors

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How to keep desktop folders in place when changing monitors
With a registry change, you can keep desktop icons in place on different monitors. (Monitor image by Caila from Fotolia.com)

If you are using a desktop PC or a laptop connected to an external monitor, you may notice that the folder icons on your desktop shift to different locations when you switch to a different display. The resolution settings on different monitors causes this type of behaviour. However, you can prevent it by modifying the registry so that your desktop icons are kept in place, even when you switch between monitors.

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Things you need

  • PC running Windows XP or later

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Log on to your PC computer with an administrator account.

  2. 2

    Hold down the Windows key and press the "R" key to pull up the Run menu.

  3. 3

    Type "regedit" into the Run menu and hit "Enter" to launch the Registry Editor tool.

  4. 4

    Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer section of the registry.

  5. 5

    Right-click anywhere on the right side of the window, go into the "New" submenu and select "DWORD Value."

  6. 6

    Enter "NoSaveSettings" as the name of the value and hit "Enter" to save it.

  7. 7

    Double-click on the value you just created, change the data field to "1" and click "OK."

  8. 8

    Reboot your computer. Your desktop folder icons will now stay in place, even when you switch between monitors.

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