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I have searched here and elsewhere at length and found several good looking suggestions, but none of them have helped.

I use 11.04 and despite my efforts to line up my icons in a pleasing & neat line they are all up/down & right/left jagged instead of simply straight.

This is an annoyance which would be worth adding a separate program for if there is such a thing ?!

Thanks.

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So, does the "Keep aligned" option when you right-click on the desktop not do it well enough? –  Marty Fried Jun 17 '12 at 4:11
    
It does not appear to work at all. The messiness stays the same. –  mark Jun 17 '12 at 4:16
    
I see... it aligns them vertically, but not horizontally. One problem with horizontal alignment is that icons are different sizes, with different number of lines of text, so it's hard to standardize. You can align them on the first line of text, the top of the icon, the bottom of the text, etc. I can't even make it look aligned myself, much less expect the system to decide. :) –  Marty Fried Jun 17 '12 at 4:20
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I'm facing this problem too. I have set my download manager to save all downloaded files on the desktop and when I look at the desktop, it's a mess! Currently the simplest solution I have came up with is that when you drag each icon just a little bit and then release it, then they will align fine!

Clearly this is not a fast and easy solution when the desktop is crowded with a lot of messy icons but if you only have a handful of mis-placed icons, this will do fine.

Hope it helps :)

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As my comment said, this only aligns them vertically, no horizontally. Also, it assumes you have checked "Keep Aligned". Why don't you use the Downloads folder for your downloads? You could create a single link on your desktop, if desired, and not worry about alignment. –  Marty Fried Jun 17 '12 at 5:39
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