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Author Topic: List View on Desktop  (Read 4680 times)

kimmchii

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List View on Desktop
« on: July 09, 2006, 02:27:33 AM »
anyone knows how can i have list view on desktop in xp like this: (instead of the default icons view)

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/4140/untitled5kx1.jpg
List View on Desktop


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« Last Edit: July 09, 2006, 02:29:54 AM by kimmchii »

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2006, 02:28:17 AM »
there's a program that can do it - can't remember the name at the moment.

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2006, 02:41:07 AM »
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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2006, 02:49:30 AM »
'deskview' wasn't actually the program i was thinking of but i can see that it does the job so that's good.

i'm sure someone will know the name of the other one (might not be freeware). i remember that you could save different icon layouts and and there were a few other options too - like you could 'zigzag' the icons across the screen.

i think we've even discussed it on the forum - i can't remember why i stopped using it - might have had a strange side effect or conflict.

anyone know what it is?

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2006, 02:56:28 AM »
found it. it's called 'wintidy' http://www.pcmag.com.../0,1895,59730,00.asp

looks like you have to pay.

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2006, 03:03:51 AM »
thank you nudone. :up:
i will give it a try.
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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2006, 03:06:25 AM »
if you use 'desktop restore' (which i blogged about here) i think you'll be able to save the icon positions - not tried logging off and back on so i guess the icons will just default back to the left hand side but at least you can 'restore' their position wich a couple of clicks.

it would be nice to see a more combined method...

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2006, 03:22:08 AM »
currently, i'm not sure if this tiny icon thing is incredibly cool or incredibly foolish. looks kind of cool at the moment i think...

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2006, 04:40:58 AM »
oh wow you have a huge screen there, and the list view looks nice.

are you using wintidy? can it remember the icon position or you are using 'desktop restore' to remember the positions?
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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2006, 05:23:16 AM »
that was using the combination of the 'deskview' util you found and 'desktop restore' not tried wintidy yet - i think i might have an older version of it somewhere that i can try, but i'm guessing that 'wintidy' can't remember the layout of small icons - that's the only reason i can think of that made me dismiss it before.

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2006, 05:55:10 AM »
i was wrong - wintidy will save and restore a small desktop icon layout. i probably just got bored of using it before - i'll use it for a while and see if a conflict comes up.

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2006, 06:12:58 AM »
i've rediscovered the downside to the small icon view.

i'm don't know if things behave in an odd manner when you have the icons listed down the left side of the screen but if you position them in various places (like i have in the screenshot) they lose their 'exact' location, at least, when using 'wintidy'.

you may think this isn't really a big deal - you can restore the saved icon layout afterall. unfortunately it changes the spacing between the icons so that the position you originaly had set the icons probably just won't work again - i'm wondering if this has anything to do with long file/folder names being displayed.

this may just be a side effect of using 'deskview' and then 'wintidy' - they probably have different icon spacings - or so it appears at the moment.

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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2006, 08:41:06 AM »
i just confirmed the problem, *sigh*, microsoft should implement this feature in the OS.
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Re: List View on Desktop
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2007, 07:53:14 PM »
An old topic but have a look at Desktop Icon Save and Restore. Download page @ http://www.midiox.com/jsoft.htm