Have you ever wished that you could make your desktop icons sort themselves like they do in windows explorer? I do. I would even take it a step further and say that I essentially want detail view on my desktop, complete with dates, sizes, and scrollbars. Unfortunately, I can’t quite have that, but you can have listview.
There are a bunch of free apps out there that claim to do this very thing. Sadly, none of them work in Windows 7 (I know, I tried practically all of them). Moreover, I was trying Icon Restorer as a last ditch effort and the author’s site was down for a long time. However, with a lot of google-fu, I managed to find a proper mirror for the setup file. Installed, and within moment had the beautiful setup that you see below (filled with a bunch of random stuff to show what it looks like when you have a lot going on).
Sadly, it has a lot of shortcomings. The largest of which is sorting. Getting it to sort alphabetically is an interesting prospect, and much of the time your wishes will be ignored, regardless of auto-arrange and auto-sort. That said, it’s better than nothing, and it’s a lot better than a screen full of huge icons.
Icon Restorer (From the developer’s website):
“Backup and restore icons position on desktop (and wallpaper) separately for every screen resolution
In the event that a computer crashes, if automatic desktop icons placement is selected or if the screen resolution is changed there is the possibility that the icons shortcuts position on the Windows desktop becomes scrambled; IconRestorer has been designed to remember the icon setup to avoid the boring job of manual restoring for the right icons position on desktop after these events.
IconRestorer can be used to place the icons back to their original location on the Windows screen when needed, or even to manage two (or more) profiles of icon position.
The icons position on desktop (layout) can be saved manually when wanted (every screen resolution will be saved separately) and can be restored at any time.
IconRestorer also have the capability to:
Save and restore the desktop wallpaper with the icon positions.
Automatically restore icons position when resolution changes.”