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Need help with desktop icons

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Need help with desktop icons


    My 1.5 year old son crawled up in our desk chair and was playing with the computer. He somehow changed the desktop icons to where the descriptive text is now all to the right of the icon. Any ideas on how to change it back to where the description is underneath the icon? I've been all over the internet but can't seem to find exactly how to do it for windows 8. Thanks!

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Download Desktop List view from the link: https://app.box.com/shared/myn8tvhyks
    1. extract the file: Desktop_List_View_Win7_x64.exe to desktop
    2. Open the command prompt on desktop then type:
      Desktop_List_View_Win7_x64.exe disable


    Note: this software is for Win 7 but it will work in Windows 8
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8


    It's telling me it's not recognized as an internal or external command. Did I do something wrong?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello blhaslett, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like he somehow set your desktop to "tile" view. If you like, you could use the tutorial below to reset all folder views to default to hopefully sort this for you.

    Folder View Settings - Reset to Default in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by blhaslett View Post
    It's telling me it's not recognized as an internal or external command. Did I do something wrong?
    What you did wrong was: you did not open the command prompt and maneuver to the program location that you extracted.

    For example: if the program was extracted to your desktop then when you open the command prompt, you need to change to the desktop folder by typing:

    1. cd C:\Users\USER\Desktop where USER is your user name
    2. run the program


    However, Option 1 from Shawn's tutorial also works.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8


    Thanks, everything is back to normal now.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news. What method did you use for others with the same issue?
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  8. #8


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    Windows 8


    I downloaded this from the link you provided.

    Windows_8_Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views.bat
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you for posting back.
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