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Choose the First Desktop Icon (Windows 2000/Me/XP)

This tweak allows you to choose the icon that you want to appear first on the desktop either My Documents or My Computer.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "SortOrderIndex" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: This change will only take effect when using "Auto Arrange" with the desktop icons.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|SortOrderIndexREG_DWORD0x00000048 (72)|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}]
Value Name: SortOrderIndex
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0x48 = My Documents, 0x54 = My Computer)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: November 17, 2002