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Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable in Windows 8

  1. #80


    Hello to the forum,

    I just ran the "Disable..." batch file from the tutorial, made a couple tweaks to how my folders display their contents, and I'm thrilled that this arbitrarily removed feature has been restored.

    For Yarders above, and perhaps for others that may be hesitating in confusion, I offer the following re-statement of what is being said here with an adjustment to the language. These things always confuse me, maybe someone else is confused too...

    The display of pre-Win7 folders in "windows explorer" (and the current Win8.1 desktop) could be said to have three properties that are relevant here: Sorting, Arranging, and Align-to-Grid. "Sorting" is typically alphabetical by file name, and Post-Vista Windows seems unwilling to allow unassisted mortals to turn it off. "Arranging" is the propensity to show a "packed" display of folder contents, without gaps. "Align-to-Grid" forces items to be displayed in neat rows and columns, but does not address the sequence of items or any white space between them.

    The "Disable..." batch files globally turns off both "Sorting" and "Arranging", and does not affect "Align-to-Grid".
    From the white space of a folder's contents, the right-click menu has a View option that will allow turning "Auto arrange" on for that folder. This arranges, or "packs" the display, but it does not Sort!
    Within the Folder Options menu, on the View tab is a button for "Apply to Folders", which applies these display qualities to (nearly) all folders.

    I expect that I have left out a detail or two, and I apologize for that.

    A note on odd behavior of Windows Photo Viewer in Win8.1 after running the "Disable..." batch file: With "Auto arrange" left off at the folder level, Windows Photo Viewer will follow _columns_ of photos that have been manually arranged and sorted. It skips over white space nicely though. When I turned "Auto arrange" on at the folder level, the icons are shown "packed" again, and Windows Photo Viewer follows _rows_ of photos, just like it did pre-Win7. It may be relevant that I am not using the Windows-provided "Pictures" folder. I keep my photos sorted in my own hierarchy of folders under C:

    Many thanks for providing these batch files that repair the damage done by what I hope was only carelessness at MS. Sorry I got so long.

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  2. #81


    Quote Originally Posted by Teetee Aych View Post
    Hello to the forum,

    ...........
    Thanks for the input, but still gap-filling does not happen in my W8. When I turn of AA (auto-arrange) and then drag files, then turn it on again to fill the gaps, it does fill gaps, BUT ALSO just puts everything back to its original position, i.e. AA'd alphabetically.

    What I (and most users, I should think) want is the beautiful XP system, where dragging files automatically filled the gaps, but left everything in the order into which you had dragged them. A hopeless wish?

    Happy New Year to everyone, by the way!
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  3. #82


    Thanks for the input, but still gap-filling does not happen in my W8. When I turn of AA (auto-arrange) and then drag files, then turn it on again to fill the gaps, it does fill gaps, BUT ALSO just puts everything back to its original position, i.e. AA'd alphabetically.

    I tried it as you described above and got the same results on Win8.1. You're not going crazy. I have left AA on in the folder I am working in, and I get nearly XP-like results as I manually sort. No need to go back and forth between AA on and AA off.

    (Are you using one of the "special" folders noted in the tutorial at the beginning of this thread?)
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  4. #83


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Not an ideal solution for file arranging due to the gaps being left when arranging but this disable worked for me. Thanks very much.
    Fitz
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  5. #84


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Fitz, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could also change the folder view to one that may work better.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #85


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Hi Shawn, thanks.

    Changing the folder view undo's my manual arrangement. EG from large icons to list view. Well for photo files anyway. I haven't tried other files yet. Is there any way to save the manual arrangement?

    I have a new laptop and was previously using XP so I'm floundering badly with Wins 8.
    Fitz
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  7. #86


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm afraid there's not a way to save your folder views like that.

    If you're using large icons view, you should be able to arrange them how you like without a gap anymore larger than the normal spacing between icons.
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  8. #87


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Aaaarrrggh.... okay. Thanks for your help
    Fitz
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  9. #88


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You could use this below to backup all folder views and restore them all later though.

    Folder View Settings - Back Up and Restore in Windows
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  10. #89


    Posts : 9
    windows 8


    Ah, okay thanks. I'll give that a bash.
    Fitz
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