Desktop icons rearranging themselves

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Pjrufus, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. Pjrufus macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2014
    Macbook Pro, Sierra 10.12.3, Thunderbolt display connected.

    This just started, and I haven't installed anything new or even updated anything for a few months at least. I don't turn it off or restart. I wake up the computer to work, and the icons look like a deck of cards that were thrown in the air. I have to keep putting my desktop folders back in the dated order I need them.

    Is there any way to fix this? I searched Google, and found some rather complicated coding fix for earlier IOS, and a few comments that suggest it's something you have to live with. It's a minor thing, but making me a little crazy.
  2. fisherking macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    try fiddling with the "Show View Options" in the Finder menu (command-J). change things up, see what happens. and (of course), reboot...
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    If that suggestion doesn't fix it, the next step I would take is to delete from the User's[that's you - whatever you called your Home folder] "Library" folder. Then you need to Restart.
  4. Pjrufus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2014

    Thanks, arrange icons is/was set to none. Switched it to alpha, restarted, then back to none and restart. It was rearranging itself at random times, so could change again today or in a week.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 2, 2017 ---

    Thanks, if it does it again, will try this.

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