Icons on the desktop move on the right

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by silviatevini, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. silviatevini, Nov 5, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2013

    silviatevini macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2013
    Since when I updated to Mavericks on my MacBook Air I have the following problem.
    When I open a file on my desktop (especially a TextEdit file) the icons move automatically to the right of the desktop, so every time I have to move back the file in the position I wanted to be.
    I tried to trash the hide file .DSstore, and the file in the Library/Preferences com.apple.finder.plist and desktop.plist, and restart the computer. I've been trying many times during these days, nothing happened. It's very annoying.
    Anyone can help me?
    Many thanks in advance.

    Can anyone help me?
  2. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    this happens to me also. anyone know anything about this issue? i would be very thankful
  3. janle macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2014
    Icons staying on the right of the desktop problem

    "Mac OS X can automatically arrange the icons on your desktop by their name, type and several other factors. If you are not careful when exploring the desktop preferences on your Mac, it is possible to accidentally configure the Mac to automatically arrange the desktop icons. Once this is done, it is no longer possible to move the icons unless automatic arranging is turned off.


    Right-click in an open area of the desktop or hold the "Ctrl" key while clicking if you have a single-button mouse. Click "Show View Options" to display the view options for the desktop.
    Remove the check from the box labeled "Keep arranged by". This restores the ability to move icons where you would like on the Mac desktop.
    Remove the check from the box labeled "Snap to grid" if you prefer not to have the Mac automatically arrange your icons in a perfect grid.
    Close the "View Options" window to save your changes."

    Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_5838232_icons-mac-desktop-move.html
  4. Graig macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    What are the default settings for this? Like after a clean install.
  5. janle macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2014
    Graig I am sorry, I don't know. I found this information on e-how, followed the directions and it worked easily for me. Maybe google e-how with your question and see what you find?

    Best Wishes,


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