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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

06 Feb 2012   #230

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Oh that's well cool then thanx Brink. Sorry I was a bit grotty but I am finding elephant traps round every corner in W7. I mean everyone slagged off Vista but I have has zero problems with that @work!

In the meantime I had actually devised a workaround for this.

Many of the complaints are from people who are staging slideshows/presentations but want to retain the file names without an 01-, 02-, 03- etc unprofessionally tagged to the (presentation-visible) filename, which is also time-consuming.

Well the secret is in the file itself.

Say you have five pix of flowers and you want2 present them in the order dahlia, tulip, anemone, rose, friesia. W7 won't have it! It insists on anemone,dahlia, friesia, rose, tulip (alphabetical)!

Ok..... right click each file and select details.
Each file has several options... title, subject, tags, comments are the 1st 4.
Choose any one; say, "title".
Input 0100 in dahlia, 0200 in tulip, 0300 in anemone, 0400 in rose and 0500 in friesia.
Then open the containing folder and right-click the whiteboard.
click "sort by" and select "more" at the bottom
scroll down the drop-down list till you find "title", tick the box and click ok.
Now right-click the whiteboard again, select "sort by" and then select "title".
Hey look! Your flowers are bedded in the right order.
You are now set up for life because (and here is the trick)
If the next time you open the folder you want "rose" 2nd instead of 4th, just change the title in that file to, say, 0150.
Now it appears correctly between dahlia (0100) and tulip (0200). That is why I spaced the "titles" 100 apart 2 leave space so that, almost forever, you only have2 amend the file(s) you want2 move rather than the whole lot.
You can always rumble the vets who used2 program basic, can't you, LOL?

You could always use "subject" for your second arrangement, "tags" for your third, etc etc etc and therefore always have them to call up with a simple "sort by".

Is that so cool it's got ice crystals?

Anyhow I'll now try your fix, because it's bound2B more systemised... well mayB 2moro, it's nearly mice n pumpkin time now!

Thanx Jon

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Feb 2012   #231

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

No problem Jon. I hope it works the way you like in other than the library locations. :)
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24 Feb 2012   #232

Win 7 64 Bit

Hello I've tested this a long time ago but today I want to disable it...but I can't xo and yes I've downloaded from this site.

I've tried the option 2, but nothing change, I can't reactivate the auto arrange ><

Can someone help me?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #233

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Setchan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check to make sure that after you have downloaded and merged the Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views.reg file download in OPTION TWO that you restart the computer afterwards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Feb 2012   #234

Win 7 64 Bit

Yes of course, I've restarted my computer but nothing change.
My PC is it the only one which react like this?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #235

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Actually yes, since the REG file wipes out all set folder views and restores them to default after a restart. There's just no way for auto arrange to remain disabled after merging the REG file.

Are you logged in an administrator account when you merged the REG file?

Could you post screenshots of what didn't change highlighted to see if something may stand out as why?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #236

Win 7 64 Bit

Yes I run my PC as admin.

So i've taken screenshot of the regedit:

first method: I do a right click on "Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views.reg" and select "merged".

Before: Imageshack - 1before.png
After patch(regedit still open):Imageshack - 1after.png
When I close regedit and reopen it(without any reboot):Imageshack - 1aftercloseandreopenreg.png
After Reboot:Imageshack - 1afterreboot.png

second method: I double click on "Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views.reg" (it seems the result is different with this method. Don't know if it is important...)
After patch and before reboot:Imageshack - 2retrybeforereboot.png
After reboot:Imageshack - 2afterreboot.png
Edit:finally, after some minutes, it becomes like this: (very similar to 1) )

Finally;Imageshack - testvc.png
Same as before :'(

I hope you can help me ^^'
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #237

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

The REG file deletes the keys below, and is what resets the folder views.

Did you use any other method from another site to disable auto arrange than the tutorial here?

Did you right click on the REG file, click on Merge, and approve (run, yes, yes, ok), then restart the computer immediately afterwards without opening anything else?

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\BagMRU]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #238

Win 7 64 Bit

Yes, I have tested with the "undo.reg" of w7-fullrowsel:

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags]


And yes I restart immediately after patching.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Feb 2012   #239

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ah, ok. The method used to disable "Full Row Select" in Windows Explorer has a few quirks that come with it, and is why we do not have it here.

Since I do not know what all changes that one or any other that you may have used made to the registry, you could do a system restore using a restore point dated before you applied these to undo them.
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