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Author Topic: Save file to user-selected desktop on a multiple monitor setup  (Read 2034 times)


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Multiple monitors...

In Windows XP, when you save a file to the desktop, an icon for the file shows on the default desktop. There is no choice of which monitor the icon should show at. If you want the icon to be on a different monitor, you have to drag and drop it to this monitor.

Would be nice if you could choose which display/monitor the file shows up on when you save to the desktop (I would prefer to always save to one in particular)


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Re: Save file to user-selected desktop on a multiple monitor setup
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2011, 05:37 AM »
IMHO the desktop is just 1 location (folder) for each user, plus 1 location system-wide ('All Users' desktop folder) that are merged into the view that you have on your screens. Just the coordinates of the short-cut-icon determines where it is 'located'.
AFAIK, new icons can't be easily 'steered' into a specific position. Windows just picks the first available position (top to bottom, left to right on LTR (left to right writing) Windows) on the main desktop.

  • Create folders on your desktop for each monitor you have (DL-Screen-left, DL-Screen-middle, DL-Screen-right)
  • Drag each folder to the corresponding monitor
  • Download any file into the correct folder, your initial download location should be 'Desktop', so you can browse easily into the right sub-folder
To make the last item easier, you could use separate browser-brands on each monitor (IE, FF, Chrome, Opera), but you'd have a bit of trouble keeping favorites synched.