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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

15 Jul 2011   #180

Both 64 & 32 bit home premium editions w/ win 7 upgrades sp1

It's just that wlpg is supposed to be feeding so to speak from the win-7 (my pictures) location,
Your fix or edit pretty much dissolved that default reading place from wlpg,
If that makes any sense ?
Also are you saying that any folders that exist in the my c user name pictures location and in my pictures location would have to be renamed just because win-7 library system lists these folders.
Your disclaimer of not working for win-7 libraries has me a bit confused, because the library system mirrors my user name location as far as folder names...
I am a fan
But alot of this is way over my head.

For the most part most of the listing in win-7 libraries have been removed except for the (my) default places, public is in the favorites links section, no shared listings.

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15 Jul 2011   #181

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


If you deleted the folders in the libraries, then that would be why WLPG would no longer see anything in the Pictures library.

You do not want to rename any of these folders. Doing so will most like mess them up.

Please read the links below for more detailed information about libraries and the included folders in them to help understand them better.

Libraries (click on link for more info) let you access and arrange items from one or more folders quickly without moving them from their original location. Libraries themselves don't store your files or folders. Instead, they point to different locations on a hard disk or external drive attached to your computer. This gives you easy access to a category of files no matter where they are stored. For instance, if you have music files on your hard disk and on an external drive, you can access all of your music files from within the "Music" library.

The libraries are just a separate link to be able to see the included folders in the library. The library is not the true location of these included folders. Auto arrange would not work in any of the library folders below.
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable-libraries.jpg
However, auto arrange will work in the true locations of the included folders from the library. For example, the C:\Users\(user-name) folders below.
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable-non-libraries.jpg

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16 Jul 2011   #182

Both 64 & 32 bit home premium editions w/ win 7 upgrades sp1

Wlpg reads my folders, all default listing remain intact,
If I open one the amount of locations it shows is 1 not 3 as the default win-7 library system includes, If i right click and restore default libraries, I will be back to 3 locations.
This was one of my concerns,
Your pictures are pretty small, but I see you are navigating directly to username location from the computer listing on the folders tree,
This is the perplexing part about why the libraries system will not reflect the username location, even if you might use disk cleanup to rebuild the thumbnails cache,
I haven't deleted any folders in my username location/ nor have I renamed any,
That was actually one of my questions, because the username location mirrors the library system, I get they are a bunch of pointers.
But what I'm getting is that I simply ignoring or collapsing the library systems listings and go to the computer listing to my username,
Folder arrangement isn't a big issue for me, I've gotten used to naming folders accordingly and files inside them, but dragging the files would make it easier to arrange them,
The easiest way to get to username files is to click the start button, and click my username, would this still reflect the auto arrange disabled method you have created.
I can also add username folders to the desktop through personalize,
Would either of these pointers reflect the changes to auto arrange.
Sorry to be difficult and I'm sure your thinking WTF by now.
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16 Jul 2011   #183

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


You can click on the posted images to see them full size. They are reduced by default to save space while displayed in the post.

Yes, clicking on your user name in the Start Menu will open to your C:\Users\(user-name) location where you can arrange files how you like.

Each folder has it's own folder view memory for each separate location that it's opened from that is different from any other location that it was opened from. For example, you can open C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures from Windows Explorer and set it to have large icons. However, if you open that same Pictures folder from the Start Menu location, it will not have large icons. Only from the Windows Explorer location. A library is a separate location as well, so it will also have it's own separate folder view memory in that library for it's included folders.

I hope this helps you to understand this better that it depends on from what location you open the folder from for what folder view it will have.
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16 Jul 2011   #184

Both 64 & 32 bit home premium editions w/ win 7 upgrades sp1

Yes thanks for clearing that up,
I was just looking for an easier way to get to my username folders, besides going through the navigation pane or folders tree from the computer listing on it which is quite long with all of the optional locations listed on it,
Start menu username listing is as straight forward as it gets
Again thanks.
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16 Jul 2011   #185

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome.
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24 Jul 2011   #186

Windows 7 Home Edition X64
re: Auto Arrange

Dear Shawn,
thanx for your app, it looked great and very useful considering it's a bugbear to not be able to arrange icons!

my probs were that I followed your easy instructions (thanx!),, but on restarting, couldn't open the Desktop Gadgets folder of shortcut. Zip, nothing, nada!

so reset computer back for this morning (sys restore), and they'all back again, .. (so I like my desktop gadgest, so what?!!)

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know, ... so I'm figuring I'll just have to simply order files, eg files in order of songs for burning cd's, using letters of the alphabet at the beginning of the song name, eg: aThe Secret of Life, bThe Captian etc.

Sorry it didn't work for me, but many kudos for solving a really annoying (another one!) Microsoft overlook!
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24 Jul 2011   #187

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Carlos, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not quote sure what you mean by "couldn't open the Desktop Gadgets folder of shortcut" when referring to the steps in the tutorial. Could you give some more details on this?
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27 Jul 2011   #188

Windows 7 Home Edition X64

Hi Brink,
Sorry I wasn't so clear. Ok, so after installing the app, everything seemed to be working fine, then I noticed that my closck, ram dials, weather app (I know, I could stick my head out the window, right?), and calender all had disappeared. so ten I go to the desktop gadgets shortcut, and tried the control panel, but cliscking as many times as you want didn't open the folder for these. Just refused to open. Tried the uninstall directions, no change, so just re-set comp for the day before. All back again.
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27 Jul 2011   #189

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. That shouldn't be related to the tutorial since it wouldn't affect those areas. Just to be safe, you should run a thorough scan with the free Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper to help make sure your system is malware clean.
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