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Auto arrange icon desktop in windows 98

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Does anyone know it!? I dunno!!! :realmad:

If I'm understanding you correctly, right click on your desktop, hover your mouse cursor over Arrange Icons, then click Auto Arrange and refresh your desktop (F5). If the Auto Arrange option has a check mark, then it's activated. If there is no check mark then it isn't activated.

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Hello Coolman, thank you, this is pacific. I specified the real question in the post subtitle. I don't understand where is saved the setting.

I have actived auto arrange. I have monitor the registry and the files. Nothing. No apparent change.

Then I did another test: restore a previous registry. The setting back off.

Then the change is there certainly, but i can't identify it! :(

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This is how it is on XP. Maybe the same?


REGEDIT4

; Auto arrange items on desktop only work if executed for second logon
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop]
;Auto Arange on, Align to Grid on:
"FFlags"=dword:00000225
;Sort by Modified:
"Sort"=dword:00000003

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Hello Coolman, thank you, this is pacific. I specified the real question in the post subtitle. I don't understand where is saved the setting.

I have actived auto arrange. I have monitor the registry and the files. Nothing. No apparent change.

Then I did another test: restore a previous registry. The setting back off.

Then the change is there certainly, but i can't identify it! :(

There are some settings changes you can't find like that in the registry because they are written to the registry only at shutdown and that would appear to be one of them.

If you do a reset by using the power button your changes will be lost upon reboot but if you do a proper shutdown they will be there.

Only way to find out where in the registry such settings are stored is to compare registry snapshot taken before and after reboot.

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There are some settings changes you can't find like that in the registry because they are written to the registry only at shutdown and that would appear to be one of them.

Very helpful suggestion, Loblo. Finally, i find the solution.

The key is this:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DeskView]
"Settings"=hex:01,00,00,00,21,02,00,00

Changing the value from 21 to 20, the auto arrange is disabled.

Manual edit is not possible because explorer.exe is running. Only with reboot or if i stop the process, the change is applied and the registry updated.

Once i identified the key, i have found a confirm here:

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/21814-registry-tweaks-part-1/page__st__425

This is how it is on XP. Maybe the same?

No, this key is absent on windows 98. Last year i tried it, for verify if the "align to grid" could be applied just as well, but without success.

A related discussion is here: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/22555-auto-arrange-desktop-icons-setting/

At this point i wonder if this could be activated using the deskview key.

The only Microsoft deskview reference I've found doesn't help

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/226798

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