Restore Your Desktop Icons’ Position With Desktop OK [Windows]

Karl L. Gechlik 06-06-2009

desktopOkHeadLet’s say you are the kind of person who likes to keep your icons on the desktop the way you want them, the kind of person who when you walk away from your desk, your co-workers move your icons around just to piss you off.


Well then, I have the perfect piece of software for you! Desktop OK does one job and it does it great. It can remember your desktop icons’ position and restore them whenever you want.

Just download the 37.5KB ZIP file from here and start the portable application. Choose your language (English or Dutch) and you are on your way.

The console looks like this:


So, my desktop looks like this to begin with (I am not a neat freak, trust me!)



Now, I saved my layout by hitting the save button within Desktop OK.


As you can see, it shows the layout and when it was saved. Then, I went all crazy and moved some other icons around and on my desktop like so:


And then, I said, “WAIT A MINUTE, What did I just do?”

I want my desktop to look like it did before. But just for kicks, I decided to save a copy of my desktop like this so I hit Save on the console again.


When I click on the second icon set (which is actually the first one created), I get my original desktop back and if I click the first one, it gives me that messed up looking desktop. This is great especially after playing games that change your resolution and distort your icon placing!

Do you use something similar? Share it with us in the comments!

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  1. Friends
    October 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Vielen Dank für diesen Vorschlag. Ich schicke Dir einen Gruß aus Deutschland.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I send you regards from Germany.

  2. Jimmie
    June 14, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I prefer Desksave.

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  3. Chetan Sachdev
    June 13, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Thanks, I was looking for this kind of utility, it would be great if I can minimize it to system tray, but couldn't :(

  4. Aibek
    June 10, 2009 at 7:46 am


  5. Chris
    June 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks. Good post!

  6. Jan
    June 7, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Seriously, I've always been looking for this!! I just couldn't think of how to name it in google (i tried 'icon organizer' and stuff).. thanks :D

  7. melvyn
    June 7, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Can it be run from the command line? I use three different screen setups for my notebook: portable, office1 (with a 19" 4:3 monitor) and office 2 (with a 22" widescreen monitor). Ideally this tool would allow me to define named custom layouts for each scenario and then switch to the desired layout from the command line. Is it capable of this?

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      June 10, 2009 at 7:02 am

      Not that I see of Melvin, but I am emailing the author now. I guess we shall find out!

  8. Marcel Poirier
    June 7, 2009 at 4:44 am

    I tested Desktop OK 1.54 yesterday and I'm not impressed because it was not able to restore my screen resolution correctly.

    I prefer DesktopSave 1.11 (old freeware of 2005) available on this site:

  9. Titanium Pen
    June 7, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Um, what is potty.exe??

    • NoBull
      September 15, 2009 at 10:29 am

      Its called PUTTY ...its a telnet client.

  10. Sport Man
    June 7, 2009 at 1:31 am

    The problem is you get to many error system messages come up after a while.

  11. John
    June 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Your download link is DOA, fellas. It's self-referencing, not a ZIP download.