Desktop icons positions keep moving in Windows 10 Creators Update

My Windows 10 system has been upgraded to Creators Update and become completely up-to-date via Windows Update. I had already putted some app shortcuts on my desktop, but their icon positions keep moving randomly if I make a Refresh action. I configure the Screen Resolution to 1920 by 1080 as recommended and Custom scaling to 120% and nothing happens.

It seems to be bug in Windows 10 Creators Update and the desktop grid has changed under the same size and screen resolution. . If any app icons are in the screen corners and user do Refresh, Windows will re-arrange all icons out of corners to more middle. When I move an icon into that column on the left side of my screen. and click off the icon, it reverts back to its previous position and I lost an entire column.

How to fix Desktop Icons positions keep moving problem in Windows 10 Creators Update
* Hold-and-press or right click on any empty area from your desktop, click on View, and uncheck the “Align Icons to Grid” option from menu for disabling the feature
* Then repeat the way to enable Align Icons to Grid feature again. It really resolve my problem on my dell 5510 with a 4K display.
* Another real fix is to hold Ctrl + Scroll from keyboard to make the icons a little bigger.
However, if you restart the Windows 10 and login back system, the moving positions occurs again so this is a temporary method.

Another solution by changing Desktop app Icon spacing and vertical spacing in Windows 10
* Press Win + R from your keyboard, type regedit in Run dialog box, and click OK button to open Registry editor.
* Navigate to the tree location below:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

* Go to the right pane, and you need to modify the values of IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing. For example, double click on the IconSpacing string, change its value data from default to -1215, and click OK. Then double click on the IconVerticalSpacing, set it value data to -900, and click OK to save all.
* Close Registry editor and log out and in or restart your PC to take effects. The borders become marginally thin and you go to check if the issues present.


3 thoughts on “Desktop icons positions keep moving in Windows 10 Creators Update

  1. The method described (uncheck and then recheck ‘align icons to grid’) seems to have worked for me. Microsoft should be making this information available.

    • “Microsoft should be making this information available.”

      Yes, they should, but it would be even better if Microsoft just fixed the stupid problem already! It’s been 3 months since the creators update and the problem still exists!

  2. Your solution did not work for me. The icons continue to be auto-reset to the left of my screen. Super annoying. This only just started after the Creator’s update.

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