Multi-monitor setups scatter icons
Hi. I've been using Stardock ObjectDesktop since OS/2 (that was so cool!), then ModernMix, Start, and Fences on Windows for a long time. Fences is all I really use now, but we're not getting along. I recently went to an oft changing multi-monitor setup where I usually boot to 3 external monitors, often open my laptop for a fourth, and multiple time a day disconnect my laptop t go to meetings. My layout is retained on occasion, but most of the time scatters all around (usually on the Primary Display, but sometimes drops one icon elsewhere) when the monitor config changes (while powered up & logged in). I'm in the habit of opening "Configure Fences", going to the "Layout features and snapshots, then clicking on the most recent (or 2nd or 3rd most recent) snapshots to find a correct layout to restore. I also have a saved snapshot" for each of my 4 possibly monitor configurations. I've tried all of the "Layout auto-adjustments", but none retain my layout 100% of the time. Sometimes it does and I'm thrilled when I boot in the morning and everything is where it should be! I've changed from about 10 roll-up fences on my display borders and a bunch of desktop icons to 1 roll-up fence and 19 regular icons, but It still scrambles - the icons in particular.
I have two features that I hope exist or can be added at some point. 1) Allow more than the "most recent 3 days" of auto snapshots because they often seem to be taken right after I change my monitor count when it's a mess! Nothing like having three days of unusable snapshots. This is why I have saved 1, 2, 3, and 4 monitor out-of-rotation Snapshots on my own. 2) If there was a command-line option to restore a saved snapshot I could just put a shortcut on my desktop and launch it when I make a change and am subjected to the shuffle. I would just make a short batch file asking to press 1, 2, 3, or 4 for the number of monitors and, viola, restored! Much more efficient than navigating the app. No, the app isn't complicated, but doing this a few time a day gets old.
I've attached two images. The top has the icons and roll-up fence as they should be and the bottom is after I undocked, then re-docked. The roll-up in fine, but icons moved. Their destination doesn't appear consistent.
Thank you for listening!