Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Productivity tool: save & restore desktop icon layout



I am a very contextual and visual person. So I tend to keep all my working files arranged on my desktop. And the arrangement pattern of the desktop file icons usually has a particular meaning for me. Files on the right are working copies, while files on left have already been archived to Sharepoint etc etc...

So it drives me mad when my lovely icon arrangement disappears. And I am left trying to recover the pattern from memory :-). God... that is one excruciating process. I have to analyse each file and contemplate it - does it go to the left or to the right :-). This usually happens whenever there is a problem during reboot - so Windows does not save the icon layout. Also my home laptop resolution is only 1024X768 while at work I have a pretty big screen. So whenever I login from home, all the icons outside the 1024X768 area lose their position.

Help is finally at hand. There is a tool called Icon Restore. It takes a snapshot of the icon layout. Later on, I can restore this saved layout if there is a problem.

So, all ye contextual, visual, icon huggers, go yonder and download the Icon Restore utility.

3 comments:

Nishith said...

projectors cause a lot of problems here for laptop users. Such a iconrestore is a must for everyone. I use another utility for this purpose.

Arun said...

The tool is not free :-(

Nishith said...

the one i mentioned? thats free ... or at least was when I downloaded it ... looks like its $5 now ... but dont think its enforced in the application in anyway - more like the donation model, eh?!