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Windows 7: "Group By" Folder view option greyed out

20 Aug 2014   #1
Willm

win 7 starter & win 7 64-bit
 
 
"Group By" Folder view option greyed out

in Windows 7 starter.

It was there until today. I tried system restore to no avail.

"Group by" appears when I swap to details view but I don't want that setting.

I always use the "list" setting for files in a folder.

It is greyed out in the View dropdown menu and also in the right click context menu.

What do you reckon?

Can't find a solution here or on google.


Hi all, I've used this excellent forum many times for help without sgning up in the past.


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20 Aug 2014   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Willm, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What are your current "Arrange by" (in library), "View by", "Sort by", and "Group by" set as?

Are you able to use "View by" -> "List" using another option below instead?

File and Folder Arrangement - Change in Windows Explorer Window

File and Folder Arrangement - Group by - Sort by - Arrange by
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21 Aug 2014   #3
Willm

win 7 starter & win 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Brink.

I've fixed it today - well windows has - by using an older restore point first tried.

It looks as though either Net Framework 2.0 or the visual C++ 2010 redistributable package
could have influenced things. They were installed as part of the procedure of installing a third party program.


In answer to your query I had 'List" selected in the 'View' menu and below it where there are the options for 'Sort by' and 'Group by', the 'Group By' option was greyed out.

If I right clicked within a 'General' folder I encountered the same thing. 'Sort by' was there but 'Group by' was greyed out. Using the' change view' more options dropdown I had list selected.

Another curio is that the font for filenames had changed and the vertical spacing between the list of files was closer than the default.

I checked for malware with hijack this, malwarebytes and online multi-av scan and nothing came up.

Anyhooo glad it is back to how I want it.
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21 Aug 2014   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Great news.
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22 Aug 2014   #5
Willm

win 7 starter & win 7 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Brink.
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