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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

22 Jun 2010   #309
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

How to Disable Auto Arrange in Windows 7 Explorer to have Free Sorting


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My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2012   #310
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mooly View Post
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 Windows 7 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 Windows 7 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
Please let us know how it went if you give it a play.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2012   #311
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I'm sure it is something I will try so of course I'll update on here. I want to get the new PC as I want it first and then.....
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31 May 2012   #312
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

@mooly... not quite sure what i did to resolve it either, what i did do was...
as my window view settings had reset to default, i opened a window, set the folders to large icon and then clicked
organise/folder and search options/view tab then i clicked the apply to folders button,
when i went back into "computer" the space used bars were showing!
give it a whirl let us know if it worked for you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2012   #313
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

boobah... adding the time delay as Duzzy suggested worked instantly for me.

I am experimenting with all this on an older laptop with limited performance by modern standards (amd64 turion mobile) so perhaps that had something to do with it.

One problem I have found is that although the folder placing is good the folders (random ones, no pattern to it) sometimes lose any custom icons that I have allocated.
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31 May 2012   #314
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

hhmm not sure about that, personally im not keen on folders dotted about a window, i like rows neat and orderly,

a lot of my folders have custom icons also, but i didnt notice an issue when i was able to arrange higglety pigglety.
glad you sorted the space used bar, i hadnt noticed those posts til you mentioned duzzy's post
My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 May 2012   #315
Mooly

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have it like this with Vista and each folder has subfolders arranged in a way that maen something to me.

Solved Can you do this in W8 with files and folders ?

And W8 CP actually deletes your custom icons during a disc cleanup.
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28 Jun 2012   #316
Emcitement

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

question - why is it that when I enable this, I can only freely arrange some files and there are other places (such as my documents) that they're still locked in place?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2012   #317
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Emcitement,

Is this in a library by chance? If so, then that would be why since auto arrange isn't disabled in the library folders. Instead, you have to do it from within your actual C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents.

If you open it from the Start Menu often, then the tutorial below can help by having it open to your user folder instead of in the library.

Start Menu User Folder Buttons - Open to Users Instead of Libraries
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2012   #318
Emcitement

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Ah okay, thanks a lot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Jun 2012   #319
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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