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Numerical Sorting in Windows Explorer - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Numerical Sorting in Windows Explorer
Published by Brink
30 May 2010
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How to Enable or Disable Numerical Sorting in Windows Explorer


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This will allow you to enable or disable having file names sorted literally (as in Windows 2000 and earlier) rather than in numerical order in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

If you disable numerical sorting, Windows Explorer will sort file names by each digit in a file name (for example, 111 < 22 < 3).

If you enable (default) numerical sorting, Windows Explorer will sort file names by increasing number value (for example, 3 < 22 < 111).


EXAMPLE: Numerical Sorting Enabled and Disabled
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Numerical Sorting in Windows Explorer - Enable or Disable-disabled.jpg



OPTION ONE
Enable or Disable Numerical Sorting using a REG File
1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.


2. To Enable Numerical Sorting for All Users
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Enable_Numerical_Sorting.reg
download
3. To Disable Numerical Sorting for All Users
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.
Disable_Numerical_Sorting.reg
download
4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



OPTION TWO
Enable or Disable Numerical Sorting in Group Policy
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.
2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8). (see screenshot below)
Numerical Sorting in Windows Explorer - Enable or Disable-gpedit-1.jpg
3. In the right pane, double click/tap on Turn off numerical sorting in Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or Turn off numerical sorting in File Explorer (Windows 7) to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. To Enable Numerical Sorting
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
6. To Disable Numerical Sorting
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
That's it,
Shawn






30 May 2010   #1
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Good one Shawn !!

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30 May 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Shyam.
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