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Windows Explorer in XP doesn't automatically re-sort when files are added or modified

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by imekul, Aug 1, 2009.

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  1. imekul

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    I have a mild annoyance in Windows Explorer (on XP) that I have been searching all around to try to find a solution for. It has to do with automatic sorting. Basically, new or modified files to a folder are not automatically sorted until the folder is refreshed.

    Say I have all my files sorted by "Date Modified," from top to bottom, and then I open and edit, say, the third file. When I save the file, the "Date Modified" will instantly update. The problem, though, is that the file, despite it now being the most recently modified file, will still remain in the #3 spot until I refresh the list or change the sort order.

    The same thing happens if, say, I sort files alphabetically, and then copy a file "Aardvark.txt" to the folder. It won't appear in its rightful place until the folder is refreshed.

    I noticed that this problem seems to be fixed in both Vista and Windows 7, but I'm hoping there is a way to address it. I would love to be able to trust the folder's sorting without having to refresh it each time to make sure I have the updated sort order.

    Anybody encounter this?
     
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  3. imekul

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    Thanks for the help. I think that article applies to a different issue than what I am describing, though. From reading the KB article, it seems to refer to the sort order for numbers.

    What I'm trying to figure out has more to do with XP not automatically re-sorting when a file is added/modified.
     
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