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    Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8

    Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8
    How to Disable Auto Arrange in File Explorer to have Free Sorting in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    How to Disable Auto Arrange in File Explorer to have Free Sorting in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    In Windows 8, auto arrange is enabled by default so that all file and folder names in File Explorer are sorted alphabetically no matter what folder view you used.

    This is basically like having how you can arrange icons how you like on your desktop in every folder in Files Explorer now.

    This will show you how to disable Auto Arrange to be able to sort your files and folders in any random order you like in File Explorer without it having to be sorted alphabetically by name in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. Windows 8 will also remember these random folder sortings, and open as how they were when the window was last closed.

    Note   Note


    • When auto arrange is disabled, you can arrange items in any order and position using Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, and Extended Tiles folder views.

    • When auto arrange is disabled, and you are using Details folder view, you can only arrange items in any order and not in any position.

    • When auto arrange is disabled and you switch from a Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, and Tiles folder view to Details folder view, it will reset auto arrange to list all items in the folder in the order that you had them arranged in instead of any position. You will have to rearrange the positions how you like again afterwards.

    • When you disable auto arrange, and either unzip a file in a folder, move a folder, or rename a folder, it will refresh and auto arrange the files in that specific folder only after each time you do this. Auto arrange is still disabled for that folder, but you will need to arrange the files back to whatever non-auto arranged order you like again after unzipping a file in a folder, move a folder, or rename a folder.

    • The Auto arrange and Align to grid options, when you right click or press and hold on an empty area in the folder and click on View, are only available (not grayed out) while using the Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, and Tiles folder view.

    • To enable or disable auto arrange for a specific folder, you can right click or press and hold on an empty area in the folder, click/tap on View, then click/tap on Auto arrange to uncheck (disable) or check (enable) it for that specific folder.

    • If you use Apply to Folders, it will reset auto arrange to list all items in the folders in the order that you had them arranged in instead of any position. Using Apply to Folders will also have View -> Auto arrange checked (enabled) afterwards for all these folders. You will need to uncheck Auto Arrange in each folder affected by "Apply to Folders" to be able to arrange in any position in these folders again.


    warning   Warning
    DO NOT USE this tutorial in any other OS than Windows 8.

    • While this tutorial will allow you to disable auto arrange in the Libraries folder itself, it will not disable auto arrange inside any of the other library folders (ex: Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos).
    • Free sorting is not available if you use "Group by" views instead of only "Sort by" views.
    • Free sorting is not available in the List and Content folder views.



    EXAMPLE: Auto Arrange Enabled and Disabled
    NOTE: Notice in the screenshot with Auto Arrange disabled, the files can be dragged around the File Explorer window to sort how you like without having to be in alphabetical order.

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    OPTION ONE
    To Disable Auto Arrange in Windows 8 File Explorer

    warning   Warning
    It is also recommended to create a restore point before doing this option in case you would like to undo any unwanted unknown side affects that OPTION TWO may not undo. This way, you could also do a system restore with this restore point to undo this option completely.



    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below.

    Disable_Windows_8_Explorer_Auto_Arrange.bat

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    2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3. Close everything that you have running first, then run the downloaded .bat file.

    4. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    5. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt open as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    6. Let the command prompt count down to finish on it's own without pressing a key.

    7. When it's finished, you will see the Computer window open.

    8. Auto arrange in File Explorer is now disabled.






    OPTION TWO
    To Enable Auto Arrange in Windows 8 File Explorer

    NOTE: This is the default setting. This option will also reset all folder views back to default.

    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below.

    Enable_Windows_8_Explorer_Auto_Arrange.bat

    download

    2. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3. Close everything that you have running first, then run the downloaded .bat file.

    4. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    5. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    6. Auto arrange in File Explorer is now enabled again.

    7. You can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Thank you very much


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    You're most welcome TJ.
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    Hi, Brink--
    On previous versions of Windows Explorer, I was able to have my files organized in neat rows, but I could manually rearrange the order. Can't remember the terminology for what it is that I need to disable on my new Windows 8 OS, but I could use a hand. If I disable auto arrange, I can manually put them in order, but the rows/columns also are disabled, right? Is there a way to do what I'm asking in the current Windows Explorer?
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    Hello mambodogface, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The terminology is "auto arrange". If you disable it using the tutorial, then you can arrange them however you like.

    If you use an "Icon" view, you can arrange them in any order and position you like in File Explorer.

    If you use "Details" view for columns, then you can only arrange then in any order you like in File Explorer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks, yeah. But will it make the folder totally free-form, or will it still be in rows and columns?
    This forum is great; appreciate the help.

    UPDATE:
    Tried it out. Only works the way I want it to in "Details." Otherwise leaves lots of gaps and things between files. But details view won't let me see enough icons at once. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks so much.
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    Unfortunately, if you want to keep the columns, then "Details" view is the only option that has them. You could use icons, but you would just need to arrange them without them being spread apart to much. I like using "Medium icons" view.
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    Navigated into another window and then came back, and the icons are all back in alphabetical order. Still in Details mode. What'd I do wrong?

    Actually, I'm not sure what it was that made them rearrange.
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    Whenever you change the view setting, it will reset the arrangement back to alphabetical order. The blue Note box at the top of the tutorial can give you more usage details to help more.
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    Hello, is there a way to use the original style tiles instead of extended tiles? Could I edit the registry entries manually to do so? I liked the halfway combination of having some extra details while still being able to arrange them in a grid.
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