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Windows 7: sort icons in control panel

03 Jan 2010   #11
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Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.

The OP had a curious request. Whether or not he found the answer, we do not know.

The follow up was, imo, even more mysterious. I live in the west, and use western script. All my life I have read from left to right, in spite having lived for many years in countries where it is right to left.

Until I first read this thread, a couple of months old now, I have to confess that I had not (and still do not) noticed anything unusual about the order of icons in the control panel. A to z; left to right, down a line, left to right again, works perfectly for me.

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18 Jul 2011   #12


This is an old post, but the issue persists and some posters here apparently don't realize the myopia of their perspectives. Apparently davehc has done relatively little work with lists in the English language. Lists are alphabetized vertically first and then horizontally in the vast majority of cases in common western usage, including in most English patterns of usage. Unfortunately, microsoft did not see fit to allow users to order the list in control panel, instead opting for a decidedly non-standard list format alphabetized horizontally and then vertically. It would be nice to see some actual attention to user experience related design issues from a company other than Apple one of these days.
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