How do I select, move, copy, and arrange icons on the desktop?


How to highlight an icon on the desktop

To select an icon, left-click on it. The highlighted icon and the caption below it change their color.

Icon before selection Icon after selection
Icon before selection Icon after selection

How to move an icon on the desktop

  1. Highlight the icon you want to move.
  2. Press left mouse button and while holding it down, drag the icon to a new location.
  3. Release the left mouse button. The icon will move to the specified location.

How to copy an icon on the desktop

  1. Highlight the icon you want to copy.
  2. Press the key on the keyboard Ctrl and keep it pressed.
  3. Press the left mouse button and, keeping it pressed, move the icon to a new location.
  4. Release the left mouse button.
  5. Release the key on the keyboard Ctrl... The icon will be copied to the location you want.

How to arrange icons on the desktop

  1. Click right click on Desktop.
  2. In the menu that opens, select the commands View и Sorting. Aligning icons
  3. Then, in the submenu that opens, select the desired type of icon alignment:

    Alignment type Description
    First name Icons are sorted alphabetically by name
    Size Icons are ordered by object size in ascending order
    Item type Icons are sorted alphabetically by object type
    Date of change The icons are ordered by the last modified date of the objects in ascending order
    Automatically When you add any icon, it is placed on the last line. When the icon is removed, the remaining rows will automatically close. If you drag the icon to a different location, Windows will automatically put it last
    Align to grid Aligning icons to the nodes of the invisible screen grid
    Display desktop icons Hide or show all desktop icons. If this mode is set, icons on the desktop are displayed
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