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Windows 7: How to organize folders within custom libraries?


02 Jun 2012   #1

Windows Pro 64 bit OEM
 
 
How to organize folders within custom libraries?

Hello Everyone,

I recently created a custom library that contains folders located in separate disks on my system. I noticed that I can't change the way they are displayed when I view my library. For example my library looks like this

Library Camping Pics
Last Summer
Last Month
Yesterday

I want the folders to be displayed like this
Library Camping Pics
Yesterday
Last Month
Last Summer

Can I organize the folders the way I want them to be displayed? I tried the little "Arrange By" dropdown thing, didn't do anything..

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03 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Prefix a number to the folder names...
Or set the sort as descending so Y comes before L.
Right-click > Sort by > Descending
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03 Jun 2012   #3

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One of the problems with Libraries is that there are only five templates. General Items, Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos so that if you have more than five libraries you can't set their layout independently.
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03 Jun 2012   #4

Windows Pro 64 bit OEM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Prefix a number to the folder names...
Or set the sort as descending so Y comes before L.
Right-click > Sort by > Descending
This doesn't work. For some reason the order does not change no matter what. I tried to select the library by single Left-click and going up to the "arrange by" control and nothing I select changes the order in which the folders are displayed. I even renamed them with a number prefix and the display still didn't change..
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03 Jun 2012   #5

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It's not Arrange by you need it is Sort by
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03 Jun 2012   #6

Windows Pro 64 bit OEM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
One of the problems with Libraries is that there are only five templates. General Items, Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos so that if you have more than five libraries you can't set their layout independently.
I'm certainly not looking to recreate the wheel all I want to do is to have the ability to organize my library like..well..a library. Doesn't make sense to me if I'm limited to having the order in which my folders are displayed within my library based completely on the order in which I've added them and nothing else.
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03 Jun 2012   #7

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See my previous post
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03 Jun 2012   #8

Windows Pro 64 bit OEM
 
 

OK, forgive my ignorance, I've right clicked and cannot find the "sort by" command. Is it within Windows Explorer somewhere?
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03 Jun 2012   #9

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Open the library and right click in an empty space not occupied by icons.

How to organize folders within custom libraries?-screenshot181_2012-06-03.png

You want Sort by->Name


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03 Jun 2012   #10

Windows Pro 64 bit OEM
 
 

Thank You, but this still doesn't change the display order of the folders. I tried all the options and nothing changes..what am I doing wrong? I'm perplexed..
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