All PC users have their style of arranging icons on the desktop. While some users prefer Windows to set desktop icons automatically, most users want to set desktop icons in their way. As you may have observed by now, Windows 10 automatically changes desktop icon positions when you change the screen resolution. Desktop icons may adjust their work while playing a game or after disconnecting from an external monitor.

If you have arranged desktop icons in a particular way, you may want to save the desktop icon positions.

While there is no built-in option to save and restore desktop icon positions, third-party utilities can help you preserve and restore desktop icon positions in Windows 10. The best thing with third-party widgets is that they can save multiple layouts.

Here are two free utilities out there to help you save and restore desktop icon positions in Windows 10 and earlier versions.


DesktopOK is our favorite software when it comes to saving desktop icon positions. It can save multiple layouts and can also automatically save desktop icon layouts. You can configure to automatically save desktop icon layout every 15 minutes, every hour, every 6 hours, or every day.

If you want, there is an option to export/import desktop icon layouts. Opportunities to automatically save the icon layout each time you turn off your computer and load each time you start your computer.

It also provides options for saving icon size and spacing between icons.

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Restore desktop icon layout

Restore Desktop Icon Layouts is another excellent software piece for you to save and restore desktop icon positions on a Windows 10 PC.

Like DesktopOK, it offers you to save many icon layouts. The program will display the time, the total number of icons on the screen, and the screen’s resolution when saving the layout.

The best thing about Restore Desktop Icon Layouts is that you don’t need to open the program to save or restore icon layouts. You can get it to work right from the Desktop context menu.

Please note that the program does not add an option to the desktop context menu with default settings. To add this option, launch Restore Desktop Icon Layout, click Options, click Add context menu, and then click Desktop. If you don’t want to clutter your Desktop’s context menu, you can also add it to this same computer.

Once added, right-click on an empty spot on the desktop, click on Desktop Icon Layout and then click on the Save / Restore option.

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Aside from these tools, there are very few utilities around for the same job. But they’re either incompatible with Windows 10 or not working as promised.