Arrange Desktop Icons in Windows 7

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Steps

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    There are only three icons on the desktop in this video.
    They're aligned to corners, but we can change their position.
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    Now, they are set to be aligned to a grid.
    This means that if we click and drag an icon, it will change the position, but according to the section grid. For example, if we do not drag it far enough, the position will not be changed.
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    If we drag a little more, the position will be changed.
    It might be not in the position that we desire it to be, and we, for example, might want it to be in the middle.
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    If we let go of the icon, it will return to the grid position.
    We can change this.
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    To change this, we need to right-click on the desktop.
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    We need to hover the mouse cursor over 'View'.
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    We have to untick 'Align icons to grid'.
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    Now, if we drag an icon to any place, it will remain there.
    Not according to the grid. This may cause the overlapping of the desktop icons, which is not recommended. That is why 'Windows 7' gives us the ability to align the icons according to the grid.
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    To revert this process, we right-click on the desktop.
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    We hover the mouse cursor over 'View'.
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    We tick 'Align icons to grid'.
    Now, the icons will not overlap.
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    For the purpose of the demonstration, the icons are moved to the corners again.
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    We right-click on the desktop to enable the next option that offers automatic alignment.
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    We hover the mouse cursor over 'View'.
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    We tick 'Auto arrange icons'.
    The icons will be automatically arranged, which means that we no longer have the freedom of setting the desktop icons to specific locations on the screen.
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    For example, if an icon is moved away from its original location, then the icon will return to its position when the button is released.
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    If we drag the icon down the list, a white line will appear.
    That means if we let go of the icon, it will be placed below the icon right above it.
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    To revert the process, we right-click on the desktop at an empty space.
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    We hover the mouse cursor over 'View'.
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    We untick 'Auto arrange icons'.
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    Now, we can place the desktop icons all over the desktop as we desire.
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    This concludes the tutorial on how to arrange icons in 'Windows 7'. Thank you for watching VisiHow! If you have any other comments or questions, please leave them in the comment section below.
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Recent edits by: Alexander Avdeev, Lukward Thomason

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