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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

22 May 2012   #300

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Thanks shawn that worked, now to sort out the space used bar not showing,
it really is a puzzle as to why it wont show, ive tried it in pretty much every view setting and sort by ,group by etc.

edit, ok this is odd, i found the old bat file which worked fine but oddly the space used bar still wont show.

this is annoying now.

got it! when i was setting the folder view for all folders in the folder and search options /view
and i clicked on computer ,the bars were showing . so im back to how it was before, thanks again shawn,

I was wondering what you may have been doing for Computer to not show with the bar and in Tiles view by default using the BAT.

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22 May 2012   #301

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

still a puzzle as to why it wasn't showing as i was only setting up the folder views with large icons and clicking the apply to folders in folder options, whatever it was it works so im happy,
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30 May 2012   #302

Windows 7 Professional x64

Shawn and boobah

Great tutorial Shawn. Your a star
I have a new lappy with W7 and knew I would hate the folder handling. I posted a similar moan on the W8 forum if you remember.

I want Vista

Anyhow I have installed W7 on a spare machine specifically to try out all this folder stuff before applying it to the new PC.

It seems really good. I have put the three shortcuts (Docs/Music/Pics) from the my user name at the top of the start menu and find all three desktop folders allow free sorting. Nothing untoward happens dragging and dropping files from one to another, and dropping it into the appropriate folders in the left hand pane.

However , I have the same issue as boobah regarding no free space bars when showing computer drives.

boobah... I can't quite follow what you have done to resolve this as. I've tried various folder options and nothing seems to work. It would be great if you could write down please (click by click) what you did.

Edit... if you look at the picture you can see it shows a bar at the bottom for the selected drive.

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30 May 2012   #303

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Not exactly sure what boohbah did but I think the problem with you at least is Computer is not opening faster enough before the reg entries are entered. If I'm correct then editing the batch file should help.

Right click the bat file and click edit, find the line "explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder" and on the next line type "TIMEOUT 10" (without quotes). This will wait another 10 seconds for Computer to open but you may only need a couple so when the Computer window opens press any key to continue if it's still counting down.

If this doesn't help post back and boobah should be able to explain what he did.

For others.
If you want the black bar that boobah was referring too to show as default for all folders and lose the ability to arrange the folders in any position in all folders then edit the bat file and replace all occurrences of "/D 1124073476" with "/D 1124073473".

I'm 99% sure this was the original setting before the change was made and works under my quick test, boohbah should be able to confirm this.
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30 May 2012   #304

Windows 7 Professional x64

Looks like we have another star here. Thanks Duzzy

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30 May 2012   #305

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

No problem.
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30 May 2012   #306

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you Dustin. I added a 5 second timeout to the BAT file for that to help make sure that it Computer opens before the registry entries are made.

While using Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, and Extended Tiles folder views, you can click on View (Menu bar) and check Auto arrange to have the black indicator line back inbetween files/folders when arranging files/folders in any order. This turns off the ability to arrange files/folders by random positions though.
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30 May 2012   #307

Windows 7 Professional x64

That's great, thanks you two.

Shawn... showing my total lack of expertise here.

What would happen if you took (exported) the reg keys for explorer from a Vista PC and imported or merged them to a W7 installation. Is that kind of experimentation possible. It would be great to have the exact same folder handling that Vista provides.
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30 May 2012   #308

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Mooly,

That would not be recommended since Vista does not have libraries like Windows 7 does. They may not work properly in Windows 7 and cause unknown issues.

If you wish to give it a play with, be sure to create a restore point first so that you could do a system restore if it messed things up.
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30 May 2012   #309

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hmmm... well I just might have a play at some future point.

It would all be done on what is now a "spare" old Vista laptop (that I have Acronis images of anyway ) so there is nothing to lose in that sense. In fact I have W7 on it now which is what I was playing with trying all this folder stuff out and which I installed using the recovery media ( a full W7 SP1 disc) supplied with the new PC and didn't activate or update it of course.

I just wondered whether it was all a waste of time trying to use registry keys from another OS but maybe not... who knows
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