Manage your Desktop Icons

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 22, 2008
Updated • Dec 10, 2012

Shock Desktop is a Windows application that helps you manage your desktop icons. Users can create profiles which save the current icon layout of the desktop. Loading that profile again resets the desktop to the previously saved icon layout. It happens for instance that icons get moved when you change the screen resolution, and instead of having to move icons around manually so that they are again in their original position, and then again when you chance the resolution again, you can simply use this program to save and load configurations whenever the need arises.

Another feature is the ability to display the desktop icons even when windows or applications hide them. The hotkey CTRL Q displays the hidden desktop icons and you can interact with them normally. Microsoft has made available the feature in newer versions of the Windows operating system.

One click hides the text of the files and icons and another all of the icons which might be nice if you want to take a screenshot of your desktop for instance.

The last feature is not that practicable in the daily work routine but I could think of some applications for it. It is possible to arrange the desktop icons in certain forms, like hearts, stars or triangles. Create a heart for your loved one for instance but be prepared to undo the changes as well as it is not really something that most Windows users can or may want to work with.

Update: A more recent program that offers a similar functionality is Fences by Stardock. The program lets you create icon groups on the desktop that are saved and maintained. It can deal with different screen resolutions and offers many different options to save, load, hide and show icons on the Windows desktop.


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  1. Tobey said on February 24, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    A nice alternative could also be already mentioned Icon Restore.

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