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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

23 Feb 2011   #110

Windows 7 Home Premium 6

I am trying to do this and I was able to do all the steps.. But i am trying to use this feature on my photos in my external hard drive... will it work for me??

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23 Feb 2011   #111

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello McEvans, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Folder views are not saved for external HDDs, so I'm not sure that it will.
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19 Mar 2011   #112

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1

This is NOT working for me, followed the instructions to the letter,

1. set my view to medium icons
2. ran the "reset default" .reg / then re-booted
3. opened the computer window
4. ran the "disable" .reg
5. re-booted to find that Windows 7 is still auto-arranging all my files and folders inside Windows Explorer

This is driving me nuts, didn't happen in XP, major fail microsoft
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19 Mar 2011   #113

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Nikev,

It does work. Triple check to make sure that you did not make a mistake in the steps somewhere.

This will not work in a library folder though if that is what you have open in Windows Explorer.
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19 Mar 2011   #114

WIN-7 x64 bit SP1

stupid me it was working all the time, after applying the disable .reg, to test it I opened a non-library folder selected a file and pulled it downwards out of position, only have it snap back to where it was, well of course it would because I still had auto-arrange enabled in the view menu ... DUMMY that I am, 1000 apologies and thanks for this workaround ... all is well now
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19 Mar 2011   #115

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

LOL, no problem mate. I'm just happy to hear it's working for you.
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22 Mar 2011   #116

XP Pro SP3 || Windows 7

Hey Brink!

I just over-hauled my computer and re-set up the disable auto-arrange tutorial you made here.

Many thanks again man!!
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22 Mar 2011   #117

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome UCM.
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25 Mar 2011   #118

Windows 7 Pro x64

Hah -- just got this to work on my system.

Not sure why it wouldn't work for me earlier when I tried this but it definitely does now and I have to say that it's a thing of beauty. I've been arranging icons in folders to organize my desktop for 20 something years -- ever since reading Steve Gibson's columns from BITD.

Thanks Brink!

And to Microsoft I say, "You took this ability away in Windows 7, crammed 49,000,000 new unnecessary features into your Office products that very few people will actually use, munged up the UI on your Office products that makes things 3x harder to find and do. If you keep insisting that you know better than your customers, you're going to find yourself in a world of hurt!"
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25 Mar 2011   #119

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're welcome Demogo. That's great news. I'm happy to hear it's working for you now.
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