Desktop Icons Keep Moving

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DEXTERITY, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. DEXTERITY macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2004
    I am not sure why this keeps happening. I am using OS 10.3.9 on a dual 2.0 G5 and on a G4. I place my hard drive icon, system icon and my external hard drive icons on the right side of the screen underneath one another. Everytime I turn the computer off and then back on they move all over the place. I never had this problem with OS9 and it seems to happen more on the G5 than the G4. It seems like a minor thing but it is annoying as hell. Any reason this happens? Thanks in advance.
  2. simie macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2004
    if you are using a 2 button mouse then press the right mouse button on the desktop and select Show view options. And now tick Keep arranged and finally select how you want them arranging.

    The keyboard shortcut to bring up the Show view options is command + j
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Whether or not you've got the icons arranged, they still shouldn't be jumping all over the place randomly. Maybe give repairing permissions a try...

    Sorry, I know I'm not being heaps helpful, but it's worth a try. :confused:
  4. DEXTERITY thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2004
    thanks for the response. when it says keep arranged by, the only options are date created, modified, size, label, kind. which one is going to keep them from moving around? it doesn't happen with icons of a document or program, only my hard drives. I did repair disk permessions, run disk warrior, nothing makes it stop?
  5. Switzermac macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2005
    i have a similar problem in which i cannot put any icons on the desktop
  6. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    Same thing happens to me with any drives, like my HD, iPod and USB Keychain.

    If I put it on the lower left hand side where my folders are, they stay fine. But once I restart they go back to the top right hand side.

    My folders stay put though.
  7. DEXTERITY thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2004
    I dont think thats normal. 9 times out of 10 the HD icons on my G4 stay put, the ones on the G5 move all over. Does anyone know if this is normal? thanks

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