Again, with the grid snapping!

madastrota

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 8, 2008
7
0
Dallas, TX
I've already read through some other threads from people with the same or similar issue as mine but have not come across a satisfactory solution.

I have a lot of icons on my desktop. My disparate activities require this and I have had an efficient workflow with my arrangement. Folders and documents are arranged by categories and I also like to have an aesthetically pleasing design because it helps me focus.
But yesterday, I pressed Option-Command-2 to bring up the iTunes eq. Except iTunes wasn't selected, the Finder was, and it completely destroyed my desktop arrangement when it automatically sorted everything by name. So I selected "Snap to Grid" and started putting things back. Except certain spaces would not take icons. And certain icons would always fly up to the top right corner.
Deselecting "Snap to Grid" doesn't solve the problem because even though it allows me to put things where I want them, it's impossible for me to be precise enough to keep them lined up properly so I just end up with a big mess. If I try to put things in their approximate positions after turning off "Snap to Grid" and then turn it back on then everything gets thrown around all willy nilly.
Why is it that I was able to arrange my icons with grid snap in the first place but I can't do it now?
This is incredibly disruptive to my workflow and it's already slowing me down.
What is the solution?
 

poiihy

macrumors 68020
Aug 22, 2014
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You can adjust the grid spacing. Maybe your grid spacing is too wide.
 

madastrota

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 8, 2008
7
0
Dallas, TX
I tried that but it didn't help.
The crucial point here is that, before, I had it set on "Snap to Grid" and I was able to put my icons wherever I wanted and it all looked clean and neat. But after that accidental keystroke, then resetting it back to "Snap to Grid," I have dead spaces where it won't let me put anything and, half the time, when I try to put certain icons anywhere on the screen it will zip over to the top right corner, on top of another icon that's already there.
Having it set to "None" allows me to place my icons at will but with no grid snapping it looks all messy and cluttered.
It doesn't make any sense.
Could it be the result of some stupid update? Perhaps some kind of glitch (that may hopefully be fixed in a future update)?
 

s0nicpr0s

macrumors regular
Sep 1, 2010
230
47
Illinois
Is the option to just 'Clean Up' visible when you right click? If it is, then move all of your icons to where you'd want them. If it is not visible, then an option under 'Sort By' is likely selected and needs to be reset to None or Snap to Grid.

Once you have them in their approximate locations, that should snap them to the grid but maintain their relative to the desktop. I've noticed that things will sometimes jump away from their locations if it's not close enough to the invisible grid location, but that only tends to be an issue if items are stacked on top of each other.

Hope this helps you =)