This just came to my attention: How to Disable Full Row Select in Explorer in Windows 7? - The Winhelponline Blog
It is a hack to disable the full-row selection in Explorer. As a side effect it also adds the option to disable the auto-arrange in "icon" mode. See the attached screenshot. Thanks to tuxplorer for sending me the link and pointing the auto-arrange side effect.
Basically this hack forces Explorer to use the old "SysListVew32" control instead of the new "DirectUIHWND" control, so most features start behaving like in Vista (my favorite - the blue sort header is back instead of the 7's white header, also the gap between the header and the first file is gone).
BTW, there is a typo in the instructions. They say to add a key to Shell\Bags\AllFolders
, but it is actually Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell
. Also this hack only affects the generic folders, not special folders like Music or Videos.
I'm guessing a different GUID is needed for each special folder type. I'm hoping somebody in this forum who is more familiar with the registry hacks can figure it out for all folders and prepare a better tutorial. Brink?
You know you want to