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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

16 May 2011   #140
lizlio

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hello Brink

I've read through this forum very carefully.
What I really wish to do is only arrange photos as I did in XP. I named them according to " Month and Year", ie Jan 2007 Jan 2008 etc.

When I upgraded to Windows 7sp1 (in Dec 2010), I placed all photos from xp in a backup folder on my desktop. (also backed up on external drive.). I have new pics now from Jan 2011 through to May 2011, but I cannot drag these photos to "my pictures" and create a "library".

I wish to use the "pictures" from the start menu in Windows 7.

So that is why I tried to download the 'fix' and ran into the problem of not being able to save. That's before i found your option 1 and 2.

Now I'm wondering if I'll have to disable, then reable, then disable, then reable, ie option 1 and option 2 each time I load photos (I take at least 100 / month...more like 200).

Also, if I go through with option 1, will it change all my folders, ie documents + music etc? (I still have to arrnage these folderst too, but my priority is pictures)?

also, I realize I can store on Picasa,(and have done so before), but I wish my photos to be on my main computer.

Again, thank you in advance,


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16 May 2011   #141
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Lizlio,

Disabling "auto arrange" as in the tutorial will affect all folders in Windows Explorer. You will not have to reapply it, but you may need to refresh the folder at certain times though as described in the NOTE box at the top of the tutorial.

If you are referring to the tutorial below, then it's only applied to the folder that you changed the folder view in. Any change made in a library is changed in all of that library's included folders as well though.
File and Folder Arrangement - Change in Windows Explorer Window
What happens when you try to copy those images into your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Pictures folder? If successful, you should see them from the Start Menu's Pictures location as well.
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16 May 2011   #142
lizlio

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I haven't tried to copy the images, because there are so many.

I did try to move the images, and that is when I ran into the problem of "where did they go?". For example I moved "Jan 2011" into "my pictures" (back up folder) with the intent of then creating the library. It was then I realized that I couldn't find them where I thought I put them, so I tried to drag them....then I found this forum.

Is is possible to move images at one time into a new folder to create the picture library using "select all/ move to / create new folder /" ? If not, I will have to copy them first.
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16 May 2011   #143
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There's no need to create a picture's library since there is already one by default in Windows 7. Copying/moving those images into your C:\Users\(user-name)\My Pictures folder will automatically have them in the Pictures library by default as well.

Yes, you should be able to click on Edit (Menu bar) and Select All to then be able to copy/move all of the selected items in the folder. You might find the tutorial below more helpful for this instead.

Select all - Add to Context Menu in Windows 7
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16 May 2011   #144
lizlio

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I'll work on this over the next few days.
Thank you Brink for your help.
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16 May 2011   #145
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome mate. Just let us know if you have any questions.
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19 May 2011   #146
vix5000

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hello everyone!

I am new to this forum and I would like to ask if the solution you proposed is 100% SAFE and doesn't compromise the functionning of Windows 7! I badly need to sort my files the way I want but at the same time, I am afraid of downloading and installing new reg files that might negatively affect my windows! Can anyone please answer my concerns? I would be so grateful!
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19 May 2011   #147
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Vix, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I can 100% guarantee you that it is safe to use. It will only disable (option one) "auto arrange" in Windows Explorer, and can easily be enabled (option two) back to default again if wanted.
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19 May 2011   #148
vix5000

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Wow thanks for this super fast reply!!

I will try it soon!
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19 May 2011   #149
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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