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How can I group icons on desktop in Windows 10?

Posted on 2016-08-03
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Is there away to group icons on my desktop with windows 10?
I have close on 40 icons on my desktop. They are apps and directories which I use regularly.
Some of these icons are always used in combination and I want to keep them close together.
I don't want to put them in a folder, because then I open the folder every time I want to open another one of the group.
I usually arrange the icons in these groups, but then with an update of some sort they get arrenged differently. This morning when I started they were in random groups of four.
So now I want a way to permanently group sets of icons together.
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Question by:Fritz Paul
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by:Don Thomson
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Just right mouse click somewhere on the Desktop where there are no icons.lick on Sort  then Type.
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by:Eirman
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Not what you asked, but it may help ....

You can group items (programs or shortcuts) in custom groups in the start/taskbar.
http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/how-give-titles-windows-10-start-screen-tile-groups-better-organization
(Your Start/taskbar can be as large as your monitor)
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by:Eirman
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Still checking it out ..... I think Fences will lock your desktop icons
http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/download.asp
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by:Eirman
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I have "Auto Arrange Icons" unchecked on a Win 10 PC and the grouped icons I have irregularly arranged all over the the desktop NEVER move (just like win7/xp)
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Found on microsoft .....

Make sure you can see hidden files in windows explorer, then ....
Open Start and type %appdata% which will take you to appdata-Roaming
Go back to appdata and click Local
Delete IconCache.db

If you want to test it go back to the desktop and move an icon. Right click the desktop and click refresh.
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Multiple monitors and changing resolutions can also cause the problem
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This worked for many
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/DesktopOK
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by:Fritz Paul
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That is sooo much info. Thanks a lot.  the %appdata% route seems to work. I also downloaded DesktopOK. I may refer back to your tips in future.
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by:Eirman
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I learned quite a bit myself.
I'm going to try Fences myself when it's been updated for the upcoming anniversary edition of W10
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