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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

29 Mar 2013   #390

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


No worries. Renaming the file will not affect anything, other than their order arrangement, as long as you leave it's file extension (ex: .jpg).

I find it best to rename them using say: 001text, 002text, 003text, etc.... to be able to use any text you like and still have them appear in numerical order.

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05 Jun 2013   #391

Windows 7 64bit

Dear Brink,

I've tried your bat file on my Windows 7 64-bit OS but, within the folders on my desktop I don't see "auto arrange" visible (to uncheck/disable) under the menu item "view".

I did run your batch file as administrator, no errors were seen, the screen did flicker (as was described that it would), my desktop icons reset their locations.. but I can't disable auto arrange in folders other then the root of my desktop.

Am I missing something?
Is this an issue because I'm running windows 7 64bit?

Thanks for your time.
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05 Jun 2013   #392

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ryeookin, and welcome to Seven Forums.

No. This works in both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

When you run the .bat file in OPTION ONE, it will disable auto arrange for you.

Please post a screenshot showing this and the window to see if something stands out as a cause.

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05 Jun 2013   #393

Windows 7 64bit

Wow.. my mistake.

While I've read your article many times, my brain kept seeing the word "enable" and thinking "yeah, we want to enable seeing auto arrange so we can uncheck it" so I kept going to option 2. *facepalm* Yeah that wasn't what I was suppose to do to make this work.

Heh.. on the bright side I can now disable auto arrange for folders on my pc. Thanks Brink!

Note: While I haven't found a program that will remember the order icons are arranged within folders, I did find a nice free one that works well for the desktop. I've found it very helpful while working on disabling autoarrange (as I have several icons on my desktop). For those others who might also find such a program helpful I'll list it here:
DesktopOK 3.55 Save and restore the desktop icon positions.
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05 Jun 2013   #394

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

No worries. We all have moments like that.
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14 Aug 2013   #395

Windows 7 Professional x64
Auto Arrange


I am forever in your debt! This worked in seconds, like magic.

In the real world (business) that "us" normal people operate, disabling auto arrange is vital.
I was ready to reinstall XP for this reason alone.

Working in the Win 7 folder views, it "was" taking me WEEKS to do what I do in one day.

It is imperative that I arrange files, sometimes side by side (ie: 25 PDF doc's next to excel related docs, but separated from other docs, as that is the group I'm working on). With nearly 10,000 various documents in many different type folders, one MUST group things accordingly.

I can't tell you the incredible amount of time it was taking to hunt and root out files, or even simply keeping a copy of my letterhead in the upper corners with other boiler plate docs etc.

From us Multi tasking business users, THANK YOU!
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14 Aug 2013   #396

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome cigarbar, and welcome to Seven Forums. I'm happy to hear this was able to help.
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18 Aug 2013   #397

windows 7 64 bit
Start Menu file and folder arranging

Hi, I'm new here. I tried both your suggested methods for disabling auto-arrange in the Start Menu. Unchecking the sort box works for about 5 minutes; the reg fix worked overnight, but reverted after a couple of hours this morning.

I appreciate your efforts in this area. Is there a later fix for this hideous problem?

Thanks, Erewhon.
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18 Aug 2013   #398

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Erewhon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For the Start Menu, I think you may mean the tutorial below instead of this one.
Start Menu Auto Arrange by Name - Enable or Disable
Do you have any 3rd party program installed that affects the Start Menu that may be resetting this?
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18 Aug 2013   #399

windows 7 64 bit

Thanks for fast response. No third party programs installed. I did have Start Menu X for awhile . . . I just gave it another try but uninstalled it when I found I couldn't arrange the items. So I'm giving the reg fix another chance.

My version of Windows 7 is a new installation and I keep it spotlessly clean.
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