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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

29 Mar 2012   #280

Windows 7 x64
Disabling Autoarrange

Assigning numbers to the file details is helpful only when you are dealing with a few pictures in any specific folder. I work with hundreds of pictures in any given moment. I have need to be able to name the pictures and leave them where they are until I am ready to re-arrange them manually following any personal criteria that unfortunately does not match any of the Windows 7 arranging options. And then re-arrange them again…and again. I was able to do this with Windows Vista but I cannot find any answer yet on how to do it on Windows 7. Thanks in advance for any help with this issue.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jondemassey View Post
Oh that's well cool then thanx Brink. Sorry I was a bit grotty but I am finding elephant traps round every corner in W7. I mean everyone slagged off Vista but I have has zero problems with that @work!

In the meantime I had actually devised a workaround for this.

Many of the complaints are from people who are staging slideshows/presentations but want to retain the file names without an 01-, 02-, 03- etc unprofessionally tagged to the (presentation-visible) filename, which is also time-consuming.

Well the secret is in the file itself.

Say you have five pix of flowers and you want2 present them in the order dahlia, tulip, anemone, rose, friesia. W7 won't have it! It insists on anemone,dahlia, friesia, rose, tulip (alphabetical)!

Ok..... right click each file and select details.
Each file has several options... title, subject, tags, comments are the 1st 4.
Choose any one; say, "title".
Input 0100 in dahlia, 0200 in tulip, 0300 in anemone, 0400 in rose and 0500 in friesia.
Then open the containing folder and right-click the whiteboard.
click "sort by" and select "more" at the bottom
scroll down the drop-down list till you find "title", tick the box and click ok.
Now right-click the whiteboard again, select "sort by" and then select "title".
Hey look! Your flowers are bedded in the right order.
You are now set up for life because (and here is the trick)
If the next time you open the folder you want "rose" 2nd instead of 4th, just change the title in that file to, say, 0150.
Now it appears correctly between dahlia (0100) and tulip (0200). That is why I spaced the "titles" 100 apart 2 leave space so that, almost forever, you only have2 amend the file(s) you want2 move rather than the whole lot.
You can always rumble the vets who used2 program basic, can't you, LOL?

You could always use "subject" for your second arrangement, "tags" for your third, etc etc etc and therefore always have them to call up with a simple "sort by".

Is that so cool it's got ice crystals?

Anyhow I'll now try your fix, because it's bound2B more systemised... well mayB 2moro, it's nearly mice n pumpkin time now!

Thanx Jon

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29 Mar 2012   #281

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Arandaneri, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you did it in Vista, then you should be able to apply the same method to do it in Windows 7 as well. Could you give an example or screenshot of what you are wanting to see if we may be able to help suggest anything?
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29 Mar 2012   #282

Windows 7 x64

Auto-Arrange is only one part of the problem because it sends pictures -right away- to where they belong according to the Windows 7 selected sorting option (non of W7 sorting options meet my needs). In other words, this issue pretty much comes down to being able to drag and drop pictures anywhere I need them, for my own specific needs within the picture folder the way I was able to do with Vista. Windows 7 is does not allow that –as far as I know. Please remember, I am talking about dozens, hundreds of pictures in one folder. Any ideas?
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29 Mar 2012   #283

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Sorry, but there's not a way that I know of for when you copy/move files from one location arranged how you like with auto arrange disable to another location, and still have them them arranged the same way at the new location. Windows will always auto arrange them at the new location first. Sure, you could arrange them how you like at the new location afterwards, but like you said when you have a lot of files, it's going to take a while to do so.
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29 Mar 2012   #284

Windows 7 x64

Thanks, Brink.

Do you know if Microsoft is working on any patches/updates to let us drag and drop pictures within the same folder on Windows 7 the way it was on Vista?
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05 Apr 2012   #285

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Hello Brink

I run the file though I didn't see any change on windows explorer. The only change happened that after that my wireless internet connection got disabled and can't connect. How can I re-do the changes?
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05 Apr 2012   #286

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Peter, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Other than restarting explorer, this would have no affect on your wireless internet connection. If your wireless connection requires a startup program to be running in the background that didn't get restarted when explorer was restarted, then logging off and on, or restarting the computer, would sort this for you.

Did you use OPTION ONE to disable auto arrange?

If so, then please check the Nore and Warning box at the top of the tutorial to see if any item may apply.
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13 May 2012   #287

Windows 7 64bit

Signed up here just to confirm that the .bat file also effected my wireless internet connection.

My internet is always quite stable, but as soon as I launched the .bat file and restored explorer I saw my internet was out. It came back right after that and has been fine so it's no biggie.
I'm able to close the explorer and keep it running though so I'm not sure what caused it.

Explorer never opened back up for me either. My Computer popped up and all that like the first post says, but I had to manually open it.
Which is not a problem.

Anyways thanks for posting (and making) this. So far it seems to be working fine.
A bit beyond ridiculous that it wasn't included in W7. But this does the job
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13 May 2012   #288

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Emcitement, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The BAT file restarts the explorer process, so that would be normal for you to temporarily loose wireless as explorer is restarted. My Computer (explorer) is what should have opened automatically afterwards. Nothing to worry about.
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13 May 2012   #289

Windows 7 64bit

Okay thanks. That makes sense

Just a question - when I restarted my computer, my files went back to the default rather than the custom order I arranged them in.
Is that always going to open?
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