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Windows 7: Sort files globally?

29 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Sort files globally?

Is there anyway to sort files globally? It seems everytime I open or close a folder, it re-sorts it to another criteria from when I last set it.

For instance, I'll pick "ascending" and close the folder. Then when I come back to it later, it automatically switches to "descending" on it's own.

I'm really getting tired of having to right-mouse click the contents of a folder all the time to correct this.

Any way to solve it? Thanks.

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01 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64


Anybody have a solution?

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01 Apr 2011   #3

Windows Seven Ultimate x64 SP1

on libraries or regular folders? usually when i change folder options it saves its settings.
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02 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BTNH108464 View Post
on libraries or regular folders? usually when i change folder options it saves its settings.
On both, actually.

And no, it doesn't save for some reason. I'm probably doing something wrong.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Apr 2011   #5


Similar issues have been caused by a messed up folder view/option. Try the following and see if it helps...

Folder View - Reset All Folders
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02 Apr 2011   #6

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

If your settings are not being saved then something else is wrong.

Quite a few people have problems with Windows 7 not saving folder settings, and I don't know of any "universal fix". I will have a look in my notes and see if I can find any "general tips" for that.........

Regards....Mike Connor
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02 Apr 2011   #7

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

As far as I am aware, you can't change settings for individual folders in a library, but you can set the library default folder settings. You need to have a read through this;

Inside Windows 7:Introducing Libraries

Also you may need to reset your folder view settings.

Regards....Mike Connor
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03 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64

Well I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has encountered this. I've tried to reset the folders options through Control Panel and it works for a time but then the settings revert back to the way Windows wants to handle them, not the way I want to handle them.

And another thing that helps a little bit is to avoid the libraries altogether and just create a folder directly off the desktop for videos, pictures, documents, etc... It's not ideal. I still have to re-sort them even there, regardless. It just doesn't seem to lock them down.

I don't remember XP doing this kind of re-sorting on it's own. I think TOO MANY options are in play here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Apr 2011   #9

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

You might like to try this;

Welcome to Classic Shell

I don't use libraries personally,

and I store all my files on a separate data disc(s). This program, ( Classic Explorer, part of the main program although you can use it separately if you wish, but I also use the Classic Menu), retains the settings. Don't ask me why it works when Explorer itself keeps losing settings. I don't know, but I'm happy that it does work.

Indeed, this might interest you as well, saves an awful lot of messing about;

QTTabbar and Classic Shell

Classic Shell Add On Buttons

The whole thing looks like this, ( although I use slightly different setups on various machines/systems;

Extremely versatile and comfortable.

Regards....Mike Connor
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

THIS IS BULL$#*%!!! im SO sick and TIRED of m$' B$!! i have a pc that's probably as fast or faster than almost 80% of the pcs in use now, and i can't effin USE IT!

i've tried EVERYTHING (from): disabling 'open explorer windows in seperate process' to resetting all folders to disabling auto-arrange to even disabling full-row select!

it even affects my desktop!!

i finally just had to select the better of *multiple* evils (the LEAST annoying folder view for ALL folders -- from documents and downloads to pictures and music) and applied to all folders (at least THAT "worked" ).

i can't even sort, then resort and have things sorted by name THEN type THEN (finally) date!!! sad thing is: it wasn't always like this for me!! i mustve hit that arbitrary limit m$ imposes on us users who use explorer frequently (i think i read it was a thousand explorer views/opens)... and i THOUGH i tried a registry hack (batch file) for THAT! :S

somebody else from another site's forum summed it up pretty darn well:

"It seems [Micro$haft] is aiming to stop customers from doing what they want. This is how the company operates. When it finds customers want something it gives them something else. No start button [or an easily-accessible DESKTOP] in Windows 8, what stupidity."

all i've got to say is... FSCK m$!!!

btw, sevenforums... its REALLY annoying having to retype a post cause your site doesnt always load pages/accept requests > : ( and WHY are you guys using MICRO$HAFT'S *FUGLY* emoticons?!? :\

edit: forgot to mention 'ctrl click' close and NO im NOT in libraries!!
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