How can I change sort order for "Search Programs and files" results?

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  1. Posts : 136
    Windows 7 x64 Professional (SP1)
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    How can I change sort order for "Search Programs and files" results?


    Hi

    How do I get the search box "search programs and files" (i.e. the one above the Start button) to sort the results within each section by DATE, rather than by name?

    Note I do NOT mean the search top right in Windows Explorer, which fwiw, is already working nicely in date order!

    Clue:
    I have installed Classic Shell but I read a thread saying that it wont have touched this.

    J


    EDIT: I am told that the files listed are ranked partly by frequency of use. And I am now wondering is this is data which my CCleaner utility is deleting. Either way the sort order have become VERY much less useful in the last couple of weeks. Any thoughts?
    Last edited by ship691; 08 Oct 2013 at 23:14.
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  2. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
       #2

    Hiyya ship mate I just went to Start > right clicked on it > Properties > Customise > there is a drop down list in there I don't know if that is of any help??
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  3. Posts : 136
    Windows 7 x64 Professional (SP1)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Er no because I have Classic Shell installed I get a different Start button. If I right click on it one of the options is "Settings"... and then the options are very different from your screenshots.

    Either way, to get clear, what I'm trying to do is simply to make the windows dynamic search sort things within their sections by date modified, not by name!
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  4. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
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    Hmm I have Classic Shell on my desktop 8 machine and I could find what I did now I have just clicked on Start > Programs > right click on it > Properties there was some thing about listings or some thing in there.
    Sorry but have to dash - eye surgery today won't be able to answer before tomorrow as I will only have my 8 laptop with me ans it has Stardock but could be something in there. .

    Oh O opted for the 7 Start up in the click on the Start button too.
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  5. Posts : 136
    Windows 7 x64 Professional (SP1)
    Thread Starter
       #5

    It now seems that installing Classic Shell does nasty things to the order of results that result from using the Search box (i.e. the one just above the Start Button).

    Specifically within the "Documents" section, the results seem to be sorted purely by name, rather than Date Modified. Bl**dy irritating. And almost enough to make me uninstall Classic Shell completely.
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  6. Posts : 21,007
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    Ship I don't quite get what you mean I get this on my 8 machine sorry poor quality as I had to use camera.
    Damn it the attachment upload is not working I will send when i find the problem but essentially I go Start > Documents > right click on any area of that screen > sort or name by > pick the one you want or you can go to More > and it gives you a large drop down list of options:)
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    Trying again from my tester machine.
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  8. Posts : 136
    Windows 7 x64 Professional (SP1)
    Thread Starter
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    Hi ICit2lol

    I think what you describe changes the sort order from within Windows Explorer. My sort is from when you
    1. Install Classic Shell (like anyone sensible will!)
    2. Left click the start button (bottom left)
    3. Start typing !

    Does that make sense?
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  9. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
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    Hum don't know as I only have the Classic Shell on my 8 desktop the other I have Stardock8 and hey just give me a just about what 7 is set up.
    Your setting I don't recognise to be honest:)
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  10. Posts : 4,566
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    Try rebuilding the search index.

    See here:

    Index - Rebuild

    Search in Windows 7
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