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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

04 Oct 2012   #350

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If you are missing your taskbar, then it appears that explorer has not been restarted.

While in Task Manager (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC), click on File (menu bar) and New Task (Run...), type in explorer, and press Enter. This will start explorer.

That is just what it needed Brink. It is back now.
Thank you so much! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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04 Oct 2012   #351

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome.

It sounds like something you had running may have interferred with the BAT file from restarting explorer automatically.
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08 Dec 2012   #352

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Hi, ive recently downloaded the auto arrange disable but wasn't pleased with a few elements of it so i decided to revert back to my old settings. But ive now got one annoying problem, when viewing folders as medium icons the names dont scale. Its kinda hard to explain but pretend i had the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond, now before the entire name wouldn't be displayed. There used to be some kinda two line limit but now the folder looks all messy and dosent scale well. If you have any idea what im on about i would appreciate the help, or if there is any way to completely restore my previous settings would be great also.


With some additional testing the folders names allow four lines before the "..." appears. Previously it was two lines. The view changes cant be restored, is there any way in which i can completely restore what i had before without using the windows restore?
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08 Dec 2012   #353

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Barot, and welcome to Seven Forums.

There's no way to restore your old folder view settings. When enabling auto arrange back, it resets all folder views back to their default setting to undo the disabling of auto arrange.

You should be able to use either option in the tutorial below to quickly change the width of columns to allow more of the text to show before the "...".
Windows Explorer Columns - Change Width
If you like you could also use either tutorial below to apply a folder's view to all folders or only all folders that use the same folder template.
How to Set a Default Folder View for All Folders in Windows 7


How to "Apply to Folders" a Specific Folder View to All Folders with the Same Folder Template in Windows 7
Hope this helps,
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08 Dec 2012   #354

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Thanks for the help, ive so far been unable to fix my problem. Is it possible to get everything back to how it was yesterday before i even found this thread?. I just want to start again and get rid of anything i have done to the registry.
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08 Dec 2012   #355

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


If you have a restore point dated before you did this, then you could do a system restore using that restore point to return this back to how it was before.

Odd, that OPTION TWO does not do this for you. This is what I have after using it, and changing to medium icons.

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable-text_length.jpg

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08 Dec 2012   #356

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Yeh, you seem to have the same issue. You see those two files at the bottom, the enable windows 7 explorer and the windows 7 reset all folders. They both have rather large text for a file name. Before there was a maximum of two lines of text before a "..." and now and in your screen shot there are four lines. I cant do a system restore so i might have to re install windows. Unless you know how to fix this problem?. Btw thanks for all the help beforehand in trying to help me fix this.

I have large file names on my computer and would like to restore the shorter format. So using the everybody loves Raymond folder should read everybody loves... with two lines only as opposed to three.
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08 Dec 2012   #357

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

That's the default setting for the text length. Reinstalling Windows 7 is not going to change it since it's the default setting.

Did you install some other tweaking program that may have changed this setting from default?
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09 Dec 2012   #358

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Oh, urm i dont think so, Ive had the same version of windows for over two years im pretty sure it just came like that. Any ideas how to change the text length for files?. or the displayed text length?.
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09 Dec 2012   #359

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

I'm not aware of any way to change the text length to be viewed for file icon names in Windows Explorer.
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