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Windows 7: How do I manually arrange file orders?

11 Mar 2013   #1
Asliuf

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
How do I manually arrange file orders?

I'm looking to manually arrange the order files and/or folders appear in My Computer. I don't wan't alphabetical, or by date, or any of the options available. The ideal solution would be if I could just drag them to the correct order. Another (annoying) solution would be if I could input an order value in the file's information to tell it where to sit. I know I could just preface each item with a number and put it on alphabetical but that would be a pain and would look unclean. Thanks!


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11 Mar 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Asliuf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below to disabled auto arrange to be able to arrange files in any order and position in Windows Explorer.

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Mar 2013   #3
Asliuf

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your quick response Shawn. It looks like this will disable auto-arrange across windows explorer. Is there a way to do so just for one folder? Thanks,
Asliuf
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11 Mar 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Not by default when you disable auto arrange using the tutorial, but you can manually turning on auto-arrange per folder.

You will have the option to turn auto arrange back on for any folder when your are using an icons view and right click on the main window of the folder and click on View -> Auto Arrange (to check).

A quick way to auto arrange a folder on the fly while leaving auto arrange disabled for all would be to change the folder's view from say an icons view to "Details" and back.
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11 Mar 2013   #5
Asliuf

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I followed the instructions but not not get the intended results... all that happened was my desktop icons were rearranged, and I had to mess with some settings to be able to place them as I liked again. Auto Arrange is still in effect in windows explorer, and there doesn't seem to be a way to toggle it off. This is the sort of thing that should be a really easy fix but isn't in windows.
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11 Mar 2013   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Did you close all explorer windows before running the .bat file to disable auto arrange?

This will not disable auto arrange in a library if that's what you have open.

While in Windows Explorer, switch to an icon view. Are you able to arrange icons in any order and position you like in the example screenshots in the tutorial?

If not, the please post some screenshot showing what you see instead to see if it may help ID the issue.

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11 Mar 2013   #7
Asliuf

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I did have all windows closed. I am unable to arrange items in either list view or icon view. I'd prefer it to be in list view. Here are screenshots of both.


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11 Mar 2013   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

The issue is that you are in a library (ex: Music library). Auto arrange cannot be disabled in libraries.

Instead you must be in the actual folder location. For example:

C:\Users\(user-name)\My Music\Compositions
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11 Mar 2013   #9
Asliuf

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

I fail to see why that should make a difference, but very well. So there's no way to do this? These things can be so infuriating.
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11 Mar 2013   #10
Asliuf

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

under "sort by" i see an option "#". Can I alter this in each folder's info somehow?
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