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Just installed Xubuntu 14.04 in place of Vista on an old laptop. I'm loving the user interface (I can't quite get used to Unity, and KDE is a bit too "clunky". I have put some program icons on my desktop like I used to do in Windows, but I'm having a weird problem arranging them. Basically, I like to arrange my icons alphabetically in rows, like this:

My Desktop

This in itself is easy enough to do. The problem occurs if I want to add another icon to the desktop. Say for example I add an icon for GIMP. I add it but I want to put it between "Document Viewer" and "gscan2pdf". In Windows I'd do this by selecting everything from "gscan2pdf" to "Ubuntu Software Centre" and drag all to the right. This would create a gap and I could drag the new icon into place. I'd do the same with the row below and move "Ubuntu Software Centre" down beside VLC.

When I try the above in Xubuntu however, it doesn't work. The icons move, but if I drag them, they look like this:

Icons didn't move the way I'd hoped!

This is what happened when I tried dragging System Monitor, TeamViewer and Ubuntu Software Centre to the right. Instead of moving over and staying in a single row the way the icons did in Windows, they arranged themselves in a column.

Is it possible to do what I am trying to do? At the moment my workaround is to individually and manually rearrange every icon to make room for any new ones. It's not a huge inconvenience, but it would be nice to solve.

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