Still ION-C wrote:You are describing a fundamental difficulty with the limitations of the Windows desktop and the file browser.
The locations of the icons on the Dexpot desktops is done with a file that maintains the name of the icon and it's X-Y position, and monitor. That information is out there.
OK, I'll bite
Which file in particular are you referring to?
Is it perhaps %user%.dxi.
I suppose I could try to save that file after I have set the icons the way I want them and the see if there are any changes to the file the next time they have moved.
I'll give that a try right now and see what that leads to.
Still ION-C wrote:Note that when you change the name of the icon / file that it loses it's connection to the location data, and will wind up in the Standing in the Corner position.
Changing any names of icons has never made any icon appears in any corner - so I am not sure, what might be different between our setups.
Still ION-C wrote:Note that when you change a directory name - ALL ICONS / FILES underneath that change will likewise lose its connection to the location data and wind up in the top left corner position.
Never had this happen either
Still ION-C wrote:Dexpot saves this data to the settings file, and after you do some work, you should resave this like I think I indicated - meaning to occasionally save it to a new file.
I do, but I have not seen any difference
Still ION-C wrote: So when you "refresh icons" and it doesn't work - you're probably to blame.
Not much of a consolation
Still ION-C wrote: Oh - and you should have figured this out - it's in the user guide and easy to find what PUBLIC means.
I have figured out that part, but that has not helped me at all.
First of all, there is the 'caution' to always move icons using Dexpot (DP), but I see no way to move icons to the Public desktop within DP
Secondly, if at all, when (and how, if it is) is this 'Public' desktop ever displayed on its own?
Still ION-C wrote: So just piling on - PUBLIC is a desktop that windows ALWAYS KEEPS IN VIEW. So you have 10 users / 10 user destops (under standard Windows) and only 1 PUBLIC destop. If you put a file into PUBLIC - all 10 users will see it on their desktop. All 10 users can DELETE IT (unless MS has some magic setting I'm not sure of.) So DexPot desktops work like that as well.
As I am the only user and hardly ever even switch to another 'user' persona or environment - I do have a couple of aliases - this does not seem to be of any consequence at all.
While we are discussing this 'public' desktop, it might have some bearing on the movement if icons, but I cannot see any rhyme or reason as to how or in what way it will influence or affect the icon position changes I am seeing.
The number of icons on the public desktop comes close to the number of icons I regularly see changing position and I suppose the number does not have to exactly match, possibly some modulo-something number, but the main reason for my caution on this is that some of the icons which appear on the public desktop move or change regularly, while others are simply staying put over long periods and over so many cycles of changes in the left 4 columns of my screen. FWIW, my screens are 1080 vertical resolution. with the icons set a minimum size - which makes for 16 icons/column or a total of 64 icons most of which almost always move and a total of 60 icons on my 'public' desktop.
Periodic 'refresh' (right-click on the screen and select 'Refresh') seems to help for a short while, but it does not last.
Just switching screens seems to be enough to start the migration.
My machine is not set for either sleep or hibernation, but I do have a screen saver, but I am pretty sure, this problem occurs even without the screen saver kicking in.