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Solved: Windows 7/8 Sorts Desktop Icons in Reverse Order

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by johndefresno, Aug 2, 2015.

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  1. johndefresno

    johndefresno Thread Starter

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    The subject line tells it all. I am open to any suggestions!

    I note that an old thread, virtually unanswered, received this reply:
    "Well how many times a week do you need to sort the desktop icons for it to become annoying?
    I personally don't use any of the sort-order preferences (non selected)...."

    Well, that was a non-answer. I, too, face this inconvenience, and wonder why Windows would default to a descending search for the Desktop.

    Probably like the person who first posted for help, I frequently add and delete different shortcuts as I work through the most current tasks and projects.

    I don't generally think in reverse, so it is not as easy to find my alphabetized task when it is sorted in reverse order. This requires clicking on the "Sort by Name" twice to rearrange the icons, every time one is deleted or added. Inefficient, annoying, and a waste of time.

    So again - is there anybody out there with a definitive answer to this reverse sort problem?

    Thanks! Here is my system info:
    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
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  2. DaveBurnett

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    Right click sort by and choose required order.
    A SECOND sort by the same thing reverses the sequence.
     
  3. johndefresno

    johndefresno Thread Starter

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    Yes, Dave, that is a given. Thank you for the quick reply.

    But I work on projects all the time, including programming tasks, and should not have to drag the mouse over and click twice every time I add or delete a shortcut on the Desktop.

    Having searched the Internet with this question at least a dozen different ways, it appears that there is no answer.

    Thank you just the same.
     
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    With the icons already in desired order - Right click empty part of the Desktop > View, click to tick 'Auto arrange icons' - that should do it.
     
  5. johndefresno

    johndefresno Thread Starter

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    Thank you. Tried it. Doesn't work. Perhaps this is an anomaly for this computer, a Toshiba Satellite, although I can't imagine why.
     
  6. DaveBurnett

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    I think there may ba a registry entry called something like auto update under the desktop key, but you should look it up.
     
  7. johndefresno

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    No fix in the registry, Dave. But I found a solution.

    I updated to Windows 10.

    Thank you and - Cheers!
     
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