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a simple "how to" question...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BarnStorm, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. BarnStorm

    BarnStorm Thread Starter

    May 11, 2006
    Simple on surface, but it has been elusive for me.

    I have noticed the order of my files and folders has changed when I am within a dialog box (e.g., create attachment). The view I used to have was folders first, followed by individual files in ascending alpha order.

    First, I thought I would find an obvious setting in Folder Options in Control Panel. Nope.

    My view within Windows Explorer is what I want (folder first, files next). Hence, I can't figure what controls the order within dialog boxes. Would have thought it the same mechanism.

    Any thoughts? I feel I am missing something obvious. A new PC, running XP Media Center Edition, SP2.

  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
    First Name:
    click on the name title in the listing
    it sorts alpha by name
    folders first - you may have to click on it twice to get folders at the top
  3. stantley


    May 22, 2005
    When you're in the dialog box, click on the view menu icon on the top right and set the view to details. Then click on the name column header to sort by name and set the view back to list (or whatever you use). Close the dialog box and it should keep the sort order when you open it up again.
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