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I’ve recently bought an S-VIDEO cable for my laptop that allows me to use my laptop as a DVD player through my VCR or TV without everyone having to huddle around the LCD display. In order to do this, I have to fiddle with the display settings and this invariably ends up scattering my nicely arranged desktop icons over the screen.

I decided to find a way to save the positions of the icons so that they could be restored and I’ve created a little applet that does just that (C++ source included). The basic applet saves to stdout and loads from stdin so use it as follows:

vtdskico -save > myicons.txt > > vtdskico -load < myicons.txt > >

The core of the save/restore functionality is in the DesktopView.h file so feel free to reuse that class if you feel so inclined. :o)