Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#14754 new enhancement

Add option to configure new desktop files positioning

Reported by: NullAndVoid Owned by: stippi
Priority: normal Milestone: Unscheduled
Component: User Interface Version: R1/Development
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Platform: All


By default, new files on the Desktop are created from the upper left corner, to the right. This is not always the preferred way.

Add an option to change the origin and orientation of where new files will be placed.

In the example attached, new files should be created from the top-right corner and downwards, as in Mac OS X. Instead, they are created in the top-left corner and to the right. This is not practical when the Deskbar is placed in the bottom of the screen on this small-widescreen laptop.

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DesktopIconOrientation.png (98.7 KB ) - added by NullAndVoid 3 years ago.
HiddenFilesOnDesktop.png (120.2 KB ) - added by NullAndVoid 3 years ago.
New files are hidden behind windows

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Change History (4)

by NullAndVoid, 3 years ago

Attachment: DesktopIconOrientation.png added

by NullAndVoid, 3 years ago

Attachment: HiddenFilesOnDesktop.png added

New files are hidden behind windows

comment:1 by waddlesplash, 3 years ago

We generally prefer avoiding options where unnecessary.

I'm uncertain as to why placing the icons on the top left is problematic. How can the system know you are not maximizing your windows to cover the whole desktop? In that case, the icon placement does not matter as they will be unseen no matter where they are placed until windows are minimized.

comment:2 by humdinger, 3 years ago

No option for that, I agree.

That said, I do see value in having the icons appear from bottom-to-top instead of left-to-right. With 16:9 widescreens, you can spare a bit of window width to leave space for the Desktop to peek thru if you want to. Then you can see new icons popping up there.
With left-to-right, you'd have to give up your already limited vertical space.

I'd also start populating the Desktop from the bottom corner the Deskbar is NOT. It may look convenient at first to do the opposite, because people keep the space below the Deskbar visible normally, as their windows often don't go atop the Deskbar. But if the Deskbar grows with more running apps, those icons will disappear under it and moving Deskbar is less convenient.

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