Wierd puter problem


Well-known member
Feb 10, 2008
Gilbert AZ
I have all my desk top icons in groups around the perimeter of monitor. Lately when I close a program, the icons will all shift to the left side of the screen. What could be the cause of this?


LifeTime Supporter
Nov 12, 2009
Indialantic, FL
There are two additional things to check. Caveat: I'm on windows 7 so the advice may not apply.

Easiest is to go into the personalize screen and uncheck the part where it allows a theme to change icons (especially if you recently installed or changed themes).

Next would be to make a registry change - here's one thread that discusses the process. You have to find the parts by a user whose name is something like security14 (sorry I forget, too lazy to go back, just scroll down & you'll find it).


Is it the same program or does it do it with multiple applications?


Well-known member
Aug 1, 2010
Changing screen resolution to a lower resolution and then changing back will cause this, perhaps a game is doing this or you are sometimes using a smaller monitor?


What version of windows. I would do a search on google. I'm sure someome else has had the same problem. Make the search "Windows xp (whatever version u have) desktop icons all move to left side".

See what results you get.


Well-known member
Jun 13, 2010
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
If your using XP this usually happens when an application such as a game or other program changes the screen resolution when its operating, not much you can do about it if this is the case...its just what Windows will do to maintain the icons on the desktop at lower resolutions.

If its Vista or W7 your theme may be corrupt, you can do a search on google for the specific issue if its theme related...there are different repair procedures for different problems.