Restoring the Desktop
the past I have used the IconRestorer utility (see Keeping
Your Icons Straight)
to save snapshots of the icon layout on my desktop, and to restore my
preferred layout when this became disrupted. However, under Windows
10, I found that IconRestorer didn’t necessarily restore the
precise layout that I had spent time carefully arranging. So, it was
time to seek out a new program to accomplish the desired effect.
Desktop Restore, a simple utility that hooks into Windows and
provides an entry in the context menu when right-clicking on the
desktop (see screenshot).
basic use of the utility couldn’t be much simpler. Select “Save
Desktop...” to store a snapshot of the current icon layout, or
“Restore Desktop” to reinstate the icon layout in accordance with
the saved settings. Confirm taking the snapshot, by clicking OK, and
the rest of the “magic” occurs in the background, requiring no
further thought on the part of the user. And, the utility certainly
seems to work as advertised.
are more flexible modes of use. For example, the “Custom Layout
Save/Restore” option provides the ability to manage multiple
snapshots. An individual layout may be saved to a Desktop Restore
(.dtr) file, and saved layouts may be restored or deleted.
are a couple of additional features. The “Highlight Unmatched
Icons” menu entry will identify icons that have been added to the
desktop layout subsequent to the restored snapshot having been taken.
And, several settings may be customized, but their features (i.e.
host in the cascade or main menu) do not appear to be documented.
the basic usage of save a layout and restore the layout seem
perfectly adequate in my case.
published: September 2018
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