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Crazy Explorer sort problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Melanomastein, Jul 9, 2007.

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  1. Melanomastein

    Melanomastein Thread Starter

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    Out of nowhere windows explorer has taken a strange turn. As long as I've used windows OS it sorted directories alphabetically then it sorts files alphabetically. Now for some reason it mixes folders and files randomly. Folders aren't necessarily on top and files aren't secondary, I don't get it, please help.
     
  2. stevecook

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    In Windows Explorer, go into the view menu and you should be able to arrange things how you like from there.
     
  3. moper

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    Set your view to 'Details'. Then click once on the 'Name' box.



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  4. Melanomastein

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    Thanks for the replies but these are very remedial solutions, the problem I have doesn't involve simply selecting Name, Date - Details, Icon, etc. I've discussed this with people on Windows help channels on IRC. Its a rare fault but it happens occasionally and I was hoping that someone had run across it on these forums, Id hate to reinstall if I don't have to.
     
  5. moper

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    Can you recognise any type of order in the list? The right click option, "Arrange Icons By" and then "Show in Groups", has many possibilities.
    Try another file manager and see if the sorting is correct. There's Winfile, Line 71, right side, from Kelly's Korner or a Bart CD has a built in file manager.


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  6. 2ndChoice

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    Did anyone ever resolve this? It just started happening to me this week. I've noticed that it occurs when I Browse from an application. If I go directly into Explorer, everything is sorted normally - Alphabetically. However, when I Browse, it is sorted by Date Last Modified. It is really annoying to have to change the View to Details and resort by Name each and everytime. You don't realize how conditioned you are to seeing everything sorted alphabetically. Thanks, in advance, for any assistance.
     
  7. moper

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    In the Open or Save dialog boxes, select Detail view. Then 'sort by name' by clicking once or twice(reverse alphabet) on the 'name' box. Now hold down the Ctrl key while clicking X on the top right corner. Surprisingly the same can be done in Windows Explorer. Open any folder in detail view. Changing the sort order by clicking name, size, or date modified, then holding Ctrl while closing the window with the X, will alter the sort order of the Open-Save dialog boxes.


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  8. Melanomastein

    Melanomastein Thread Starter

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    I think my problem was different than yours so hopefully mopers solution worked for you, if not I did solve mine but its incredibly wordy to explain and also very time consuming to execute but if you don't resolve your problem let me know and I'll be happy to explain it too you. Maybe it will work for you as well.
     
  9. 2ndChoice

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    Moper's solution worked! I really can't thank you enough - it was driving me nuts! I'm glad you were able to resolve your explorer issue also Melanomastein.
     
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