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  • Properties:
  • System Process: No
  • Background Process: Yes
  • Application Process:Yes
  • Common Path:
    C:\ Program Files\ WinTidy\ wintidy.exe

  • Uses Network:No
  • Uses Internet:No

The wintidy.exe process remembers your desktop layout and restores it for you. When the screen size changes, it automatically loads the associated icon layout. To do this, the wintidy.exe process must be running in the background, so the WinTidy program puts a shortcut in the Startup menu and installs an icon in the system tray.

The wintidy.exe process gives you a dozen options to automatically arrange your desktop icons - from rows or columns starting at any of the four corners of the desktop to both the left and right edges, to the top and bottom of the screen leaving the center clear to the spiral icons around the perimeter in either direction.

The wintidy.exe file uses the same order that the Desktop does when arranging icons. When you right click the icons and arrange them by name, they are listed in 3 different groups such as non-file icons, common Desktop icons, and user Desktop icons. Icons that are Non-filed are regarded as icons that have a special purpose like the Netwok Neighborhood, My Computer and the Recycle Bin which has no corresponding file, folder or shortcut. The default order puts the non-file icons first, but the wintidy.exe process lists all the icons by name and lets you specify your own order, which uses various font styles so as to distinguish various kinds of icons.

The Save and Restore Layouts tab allows you to save, restore and remove the named layouts. Layouts are saved in a file called the wintidy.dat, which is stored in the same folder as the WinTidy program.

When using the WinTidy program, the Desktops Auto Arrange feature must be turned off since the wintidy.exe process wont launch if the feature is on. In order to read and change the position of Desktop icons, the wintidy.exe file has to exchange data with the list view control that represents the Desktop, which has to be accessible, both from the memory context of WinTidy and from the Desktops memory.


This is a safe process. There is no necessity to remove this process from your system or change it in any way.