Is it possible to move icons (files) on the desktop of Windows XP without touching the mouse, using the keyboard only?
EDIT: I am specifically interested in an answer that does not involve simply emulating the mouse.
No it is not possible.
The only way to move windows using your keyboard only is to use the "Move" command in the context menu on the title bar or task bar button. There is no "Move" command in the context menu of an icon on the desktop, neither is there an "Arrange Icons By" option.
You can do a very inefficient trick!
You'll need to know that SHIFT+F10 allows you to open right-click context menu (call it CM for short). For best effect you'll need the following options to be set like so:
Now follow this series of steps, mix it up, add in some delete steps until you get the desired the result:
Basically you can treat the desktop as a table of icons. After filling it, you delete the cells that you don't want.
You can re-select the desktop after having an item selected by deleting something. You should copy something then delete it to use this trick.
Steps from other thread pasted below:
PS: You can also turn on Mouse Keys by pressing Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock.