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Thread: Desktop Icons Alignment

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    Desktop Icons Alignment

    I have recently switched to Ubuntu from being a long time user of Mac OS X, and so far I'm loving it. Although, one of my biggest gripes is the way GNOME aligns the desktop icons. When I right click the desktop and select "Keep Aligned" there is a very strong source of vertical column alignment of the icons, but it is very much the opposite with horizontal alignment. I was wondering how does one make the alignment grid act more like Windows/Mac OS X?

    For example in this screenshot, the icons are all horizontally aligned:
    http://i.imgur.com/PDgFi.jpg

    Then here is a screenshot of my desktop, where things are horizontally aligned, but not in the way I would like them to be:
    http://i.imgur.com/PBOos.png

    This seems like it should be a simple solution, but I have not been able to find anything on the forums or Google pertaining to what I'm looking for

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    Re: Desktop Icons Alignment

    Try: Right Click -> Clean up by name. Is that what your'e looking for?

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    Re: Desktop Icons Alignment

    Unfortunately no. I'm referring to how if you have multiple rows of icons, it can be difficult to get them aligned correctly. For example:
    http://i.imgur.com/I2w60.png

    In Windows/Mac the rows of the desktop are much more rigid and wouldn't allow you to do something like this. It becomes really apparent when I have a column of folders, but the spacing between each is different from the next.
    Last edited by Weebs; June 18th, 2010 at 04:40 PM.

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    Re: Desktop Icons Alignment

    The "keep aligned" setting seems to be strong in the vertical not horizontal.

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