All PC users have their own style of arranging icons on the desktop. While some users prefer letting Windows automatically arranging desktop icons, most users want to arrange desktop icons in their own way.
As you might have observed by now, Windows 10 automatically changes desktop icon positions when you change the screen resolution. Desktop icons might change their positions while playing a game or after disconnecting from an external display.
If you have arranged desktop icons in a particular way, you might want to save those desktop icon positions.
While there is no built-in option to save and restore desktop icon positions, third-party utilities can help you preserve and restore desktop icon positions in Windows 10. The best thing with third-party utilities is that is they can save multiple layouts.
Following are the two free utilities out there to help you save and restore desktop icon positions in Windows 10 and earlier versions.
DesktopOK is our favorite software when it comes to saving desktop icon positions. It can save multiple layouts and can also automatically save desktop icon layouts. You can configure it to automatically save desktop icon layout every 15 minutes, every hour, every 6 hours, or every day.
If you want, there is an option to export/import desktop icon layouts as well. Options to automatically save the icon layout each time you shut down your PC and load every time you start your PC present as well.
It also offers options to save icon size and spacing between icons.
Restore Desktop Icon Layouts
Restore Desktop Icon Layouts is another excellent piece of software out there to enable you to save and restore desktop icon positions on a Windows 10 PC.
Like DesktopOK, it offers you save multiple icon layouts. The program displays the time, total number of icons on the screen, and the resolution of the screen at the time of saving the layout.
The best thing about Restore Desktop Icon Layouts is that you don’t need to open the program to save or restore the icon layout. You can make it to work right from the desktop context menu.
Please note that the program doesn’t add the option to desktop context menu with default settings. To add the option, launch Restore Desktop Icon Layout, click Options, click Add context menu, and then click Desktop. If you don’t want to clutter the desktop context menu, you can add the same to This PC as well.
Once added, simply right-click on an empty spot on the desktop, click Desktop Icon Layout and then click Save/Restore option.
In addition to these tools, there are few more utilities around for the same job. But they are either incompatible with Windows 10 or fail to work as promised.