I like to have my desktop icons set to auto-arrange, but I would also like to have specific icons be able to break way from this rule so that I can move them off to the side where they are more visible.

Is there a way to do this in Windows 7?

  • Short answer: No – DavidPostill Apr 14 '18 at 17:47
  • I concur: you cannot have your cake and eat it too. @DavidPostill as you were first, care to answer? If yes, ping me and I'll come back to upvote. If not, ping me and I'll answer... – Fabby Apr 14 '18 at 21:13
  • @Fabby Answer added, with possible solution. – DavidPostill Apr 15 '18 at 6:42

Is there a way to do this in Windows 7?

This is not possible in Windows without installing extra software.

You could try using Fences from Stardock.

It has a Rules feature which allows you to define how your icons are moved. It might be possible to define a rule set that that does what you want (I haven't tried this).

Automatically organize your desktop shortcuts and icons with Fences®!

Key Features:

  • NEW! Use fences on modern, high DPI monitors.
  • Create shaded areas to organize your desktop.
  • NEW! Blur the wallpaper behind fences on Windows 10.
  • NEW! Roll up fences to the Title-bar for cleaner desktops.
  • Double click the desktop to hide or show icons.
  • Define rules to organize your desktop icons.
  • Swipe between multiple pages of fences.
  • Create a desktop portal from any folder.
  • NEW! Navigate the folder structure from within the fence.
  • NEW! Windows 10 compatibility.


Automatic desktop organization

Define rules for how your icons are arranged on your desktop and Fences will automatically sort new icons into the fences you have chosen based on your rules.

Source Fences : Software from Stardock


I am not affiliated with Stardock in any way, I am just an end user of their software.

  • Thanks. I'll just accept the "No" part of the answer since I am too cheap to pay $10 for commodity software – oscilatingcretin Apr 16 '18 at 13:19

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