Dear Computer Lady,
I am having problems with my desktop. The icons, for a reason I cannot explain, have all bunched up on the left side of the screen and when I try to move one, it moves all right, but then it flips right back to where it was. I have tried everything I can think of, but to no avail.
Your icons are being controlled by a setting called “Auto Arrange”
To turn off the auto arrange setting in Windows XP, right click on a blank spot on your desktop.
On the menu that appears, point to “Arrange icons by” and a sub-list will drop down.
On the sub-list, click to remove the check mark from “Auto Arrange”.
Now, you should be able to place your icons wherever you want.
To turn off the auto arrange settings in Windows Vista, follow these directions:
1. right click on a blank spot on your desktop.
2. In the context menu that appears, point to “View”.
3. In the sub-list under view, click to remove the check mark from, “Auto Arrange”.