Save and restore desktop icon layouts with DesktopOK [Windows]

Bzzt! The power goes out. That’s OK, you weren’t doing anything too important. Just power back on your computer, and–whaaaa?! Why are your desktop icons all wrong!?

Windows has an annoying habit of resetting your desktop icon layout if a fly lands on your volume key. Or you change screen resolution. Or if you look at your webcam funny. Or if it’s a Tuesday. Whatever the reasons may be, it’s annoying, and is inexplicably still an issue after thirteen thousand Windows releases and updates. With DesktopOK, you can do your part to work around this annoying, annoying issue and save your desktop layout in case it goes bonkers.

DesktopOK is easy to use. When you first open it, it’ll be in German, so be sure to use the flag in the lower left to change it to your language of choice. There’s 21 options, so you’re sure to have at least one language in common! After that, you should probably make a save by clicking the (wait for it) Save button. You can also rename the save to something like “Mah Favs Layout EVAR” to make sure you know exactly which one it is, but that’s not necessary.

If you’re someone who’s constantly messing with your icons, or constantly adding new icons, it may pay to enable Auto-Save from the Options menu. You can set the timing from every 15 minutes to once a day, on start up, or on shutdown, so there’s never more or less backups than you want. It also includes a variety of built-in tools, including AutoHideMouseCursor, which can be enabled from the Tools menu.

DesktopOK is a useful desktop saving tool, and its built-in autosave and mouse hiding functions are just icing on the cake. If you’re always annoyed at Windows deleting your layout, perhaps it’s time to add one more program to your Windows startup menu?

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.36

Supported OS: Windows 98+

Download size: 85KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 32-bit: 0/42 | 64-bit: 0/42

Portability: No installation required!

DesktopOK homepage

[Thanks Jeanjean!]

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  1. Eric

    I haven’t had a problem with my desktop icons in a long time so I have not used this or any similar program. In fact my desktop is so unorganized a good shuffle would probably help. Seriously I am at full1080p resolution and some of my icons are off screen because the entire desktop is full. What’s worse is what it is full of; folders like downloaded, downloaded 2, downloaded 3, and when I am really in the organizing mood I use my folder named stuff. If it was not for the ultra awesome search tool “Everything” I would never find anything.
    Anyway, even though I have never used this particular program, I just have to say that the developer has a bunch of great tools to choose from like qdir, a 4 paned file manager, and OneLoup, an awesome screen magnifier. He probably has 30 or so tools and most of them are very small and portable and a lot are under active development. His site is definitely worth checking out.