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creating a shortcut to sort desktop icons by name

  1. #1


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    creating a shortcut to sort desktop icons by name


    I'd like to create a shortcut that sorts desktop icons by name in alphabetic order.
    Wondering if this is possible. Without a shortcut it takes several clicks though the desktop content menu (right click).

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    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Several clicks, as you do mean this ? 2 clicks

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    Never heard of shortcut for this
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    Same here, right-click of the Desktop and Sort by gives choices, has worked in several versions of Windows.

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    Yep, 2 clicks , but believe OP looking for shortcut to do same.
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    Depends upon where the shortcut is stored, if on the Desktop it's still 2 clicks, on the Taskbar only one click. Unless, of course, a setting is changed to allow single clicking everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Depends upon where the shortcut is stored, if on the Desktop it's still 2 clicks, on the Taskbar only one click. Unless, of course, a setting is changed to allow single clicking everywhere.
    True, just trying figure out the logic to why need to do with a shortcut
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    Same here.
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    after you set it its just done. no need to re set it.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 17
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    first click to sort by name sorts by reverse alphabetical order, need to repeat process for alphabetical order.
    Not a big time saver, just would like a one click shortcut
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    Quote Originally Posted by techman41973 View Post
    first click to sort by name sorts by reverse alphabetical order, need to repeat process for alphabetical order.
    Not a big time saver, just would like a one click shortcut
    Under view uncheck Auto Arrange, then click Sort by Name, try this.
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