Booting up rearranges files on desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kevmacosx, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. kevmacosx macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2005
    Republic of Ireland
    At home there is no problem with files staying in their place on the desktop but at work after each boot up they are are rearranged.

    I know it's someting simple that I have not done but what is it?
  2. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Perhaps at home you have your Finder preferences set to "Keep arranged by:" something, and at work you don't. I don't know why a rearranging would be specific to booting, unless it is determined by mount time or something on external drives.
  3. Studawg7 macrumors regular

    May 15, 2004
    Cville, VA
    I know my HD icon moves everytime I reboot. Its odd, always wondered if anyone else has had the same experience.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Those are created every time a volume is loaded.

    Restarting reloads the volume on restart/log in.

    You may be able to get around it by creating your own alias to the drive and setting the prefs to only show removable volumes on the desktop.
  5. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    Following the ideas of [​IMG] and [​IMG].
    • From the desktop/FINDER
      *Arrange Current Desktop
      FINDER -> VIEW -> Arrange -> Size or Name
      *Arrange For Current Destop, Active Changes, and Next Boot
      FINDER -> VIEW -> Show View Options [Command]+[J]
      Snap to Grid ? Your choice- Me No
      Show Icon Preview?
      Keep arranged by? Select if you want- this can change the position of icons.​

    If you using a networked drive or removable drive, the local host stores the icon location, but the icon image (similar to a stack of PNGs) is stored on the host media. The same holds true for individual files, applications, etc... The exception to this rule are the default icons/bezels that are part of the OS. (Oh and locked media.) Some are easy to change , and others require some pay/shareware or access to root to "permanently" change them. Edit system resources and change permissions at your own risk.

    I have no idea why I added this last bit, but it here if you want to change look of your media icons.

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