Some Windows 10 users reported that they can’t move icons on Desktop on their PC. This is a small but annoying problem, but today we’re going to show you how to fix it once and for all.
How to fix Desktop icons that won’t move? To fix the issue, open the Folder options window and restore the default settings. If that doesn’t solve the problem, restart Windows Explorer from Task Manager. You can also try changing the arrangement options for icons as a potential solution.
What to do if Desktop icons won’t move?
- Restore Folder options
- Auto-arrange icons
- Check your graphics card
- Restart Windows Explorer
- Run chkdsk in Command Prompt
1. Restore Folder options
If you can’t move icons on desktop on your PC, be sure to check your Folder options.
- From your Start Menu, open Control Panel.
- Now click on Appearance and Personalization > File Explorer Options.
- In the General tab click on Restore Defaults.
- Now in the View tab, click on Reset Folders, followed by clicking on Restore Defaults.
- Now click on Apply, then click on OK.
- Restart your machine.
2. Auto-arrange icons
For this, we’re going to try out the simplest method to solve your icon related issue.
- Firstly, you’re going to right-click on your Desktop.
- Now click on View.
- Check or uncheck Auto-arrange icons.
- Once again click on View.
- Now select Align icons to grid.
3. Check your graphics card
In the event that your icons get re-arranged every time you exit a program, you could be dealing with a faulty graphics card. We advise you to update your graphics card drivers. To do this, simply visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your model.
If this sounds too complicated, you can also use a third-party tool to update all outdated drivers with just a few clicks.
To make sure that everything goes smoothly and avoid any kind of GPU driver errors, be sure to use a complete driver update assistant that will solve your problems with just a couple of clicks, and we strongly recommend DriverFix. Follow these easy steps to safely update your drivers:
- Download and install DriverFix.
- Launch the software.
- Wait for DriverFix to detect all your faulty drivers.
- The application will now show you all the drivers that have issues, and you just need to select the ones you’d liked fixed.
- Wait for the app to download and install the newest drivers.
- Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Keep you GPU on the peaks of their performance without worrying about its drivers.
Disclaimer: this program needs to be upgraded from the free version in order to perform some specific actions.
4. Restart Windows Explorer
Sometimes a glitch with Windows Explorer can make you unable to move icons on your Desktop. To fix this problem, do the following:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open your Task Manager.
- In the Process tab section click on Show Processes From All Users, now select the Windows Explorer and right-click on it.
- Now select Restart.
5. Run check disk in Command Prompt
Sometimes this issue is caused by corrupted files. To fix it, you just need to do the following:
- Start Command Prompt as administrator.
- Type chkdsk /f X: and press Enter (replace X with the letter that represents your hard drive partition).
- Wait for the scan to finish. If asked to schedule a scan, press Y and restart your PC.
We hope that these fixes were helpful and that you can now move your Desktop icons without problems. If you found any of these solutions helpful, feel free to leave us a comment below.
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