I've done a couple of searches for terms I thought might be relevant to my question but didn't turn up anything that looked helpful. I need Folder List view but badly want to use seven-forums' awesome auto-arrange solution, which won't work with the gutted Windows 7 list view. I've been giving Small Icons a try as the closest thing to list view, but there's one problem with Small Icons that I find to be a deal-breaker: when Small icons has a big enough window to display columns, it doesn't list the items in order all the way down a full column and begin again at the top of the next column, like List view. Instead, Small icons sorts items _across_, in rows, and begins again at the next row.
Unfortunately, although I've given it a good try, I find that it's far more intuitive for my eye to move down a column when dealing with discontinuous units of information (such as file names) than it is to move across rows, so I absolutely must find a way to change this or it's back to List view and (ugh) auto-arrange.
I know the Windows GUI doesn't provide a way to do this, but is it possible with a registry hack? One of my web searches revealed ListView (GUI)
, which might enable me to use list view in such a way as to prevent auto-arranging, but my scripting ability is way too limited for me to jump into something like that without a couple of vacations' worth of spare time to do lots and lots of learning-curve work.
Thanks much for either good or bad news re the Small-icons issue--I'd like to know either way.