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Windows 7: Force Small Icons folder view to sort downward in columns?

24 Mar 2013   #1

7 Pro x64 (desktop), 7 Ultimate x86 (laptop)
Force Small Icons folder view to sort downward in columns?

I've done a couple of searches for terms I thought might be relevant to my question but didn't turn up anything that looked helpful. I need Folder List view but badly want to use seven-forums' awesome auto-arrange solution, which won't work with the gutted win7 list view. I've been giving Small Icons a try as the closest thing to list view, but there's one problem with Small Icons that I find to be a deal-breaker: when Small icons has a big enough window to display columns, it doesn't list the items in order all the way down a full column and begin again at the top of the next column, like List view. Instead, Small icons sorts items _across_, in rows, and begins again at the next row.

Unfortunately, although I've given it a good try, I find that it's far more intuitive for my eye to move down a column when dealing with discontinuous units of information (such as file names) than it is to move across rows, so I absolutely must find a way to change this or it's back to List view and (ugh) auto-arrange.

I know the Windows GUI doesn't provide a way to do this, but is it possible with a registry hack? One of my web searches revealed ListView (GUI), which might enable me to use list view in such a way as to prevent auto-arranging, but my scripting ability is way too limited for me to jump into something like that without a couple of vacations' worth of spare time to do lots and lots of learning-curve work.

Thanks much for either good or bad news re the Small-icons issue--I'd like to know either way.

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24 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Curious, what is it that List view doesn't give you?
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24 Mar 2013   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

list wont allow op to move files in any order he wants as he has used the disable auto arrange.

im afraid thats just the way it is schmibble.
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25 Mar 2013   #4

7 Pro x64 (desktop), 7 Ultimate x86 (laptop)

Thanks, booh. Appreciate the confirmation.
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