Appearance/Desktop/Icon Problems


I already posted this, but I'm gonna post it again so someone new might see this....

Hey has anyone seen or heard of OSX messing up your icon placement, arrangement, and folder viewing settings? It's wierd but my icons like move around on their own sometimes. Like I open up a window and have the icons moved in a certain position and then I reboot or something and they move around.


anyone have any suggestions or comments?

thanks, Mike
I have seen this, though only to a limited degree. In the last few days one icon on my desktop keeps moving around. I think that I have seen other posts with other people seeing this.

Yeah, I've had this problem too. Doesn't happen on every restart but every once in a while they just be in random places after a startup.

Also open up finder windows and all the icon will be compacted into a window almost overlapping. I do a cleanup from the view menu and they go back to normal.

Very weird....
I often open windows only to find that all the icons are stacked on top of each other. I fix it. I come back the next day, and they're fubar again.

OK, this is how you fix your icons from moving all the time on your Desktop. I don't know why Apple deactivated these options, however you can reactivate them by following these steps:

In this example I will use the terminal and vi to edit this key and string, however you can use PropertyList Editor (GUI) or a Text editor to make the edit.

--Edit this file with vi:

vi ~YourUserName/Library/Preferences/

--Do a search for the key "DesktopViewOptions" !!NOT!! "StandardViewOptions"


--Below "DesktopViewOptions" you will see this key without the quotes:


--And below "ArrangeBy" you will see the string without the quotes:


--Change "none" to "kind" or "name" (your choice). Obvious as to what they do! :)

--Save and quit the file.


--You MUST then logout and log back in to see the changes. Your icons will NOT move one bit now!

NOTE: If you don't see the key "DesktopViewOptions" then exit out of the file "" and change your desktop picture and then go back into the file "" and proceed to make the changes. Send me an email if you have any questions