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Enable desktop auto-arrange via registry or GrpPol

Q: Enable desktop auto-arrange via registry or GrpPol

After imaging many, many Win 7 systems, we discovered that the Desktop | View | "Auto Arrange" option and "Align to grid" option were off. We want them on (because the computers are in public spaces).

Is there a set of registry settings or group policy settings that we can use to turn those options on?

I have found that a registry setting ([HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop] "FFlags"=dword:00200220 ) is related to those options, but just changing that key (to "FFlags"=dword:00200225 ) does not do anything. Refreshing the RegEdit screen just changes the value back to its previous value.

Any ideas? I really don't want to have to go to each system and change this manually.

bkg

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A: Enable desktop auto-arrange via registry or GrpPol

Welcome to Seven Forums bkg. I found the post you got your info from, but it was for XP, so looks like it has changed. Have a look here, see if it helps:

Custom icon position in Windows 7 Professional stored in roaming Desktop folder (Windows 2003 Standard with a domain)? Icons keep on auto-arranging on the left side after restart even Auto Arrange is not selected.

A Guy

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Hello,

For all of you Windows 7 users who have been annoyed (like myself) at the removal of "Auto Arrange", a fix has been discovered.

It was discovered by Ramesh Srinivasan @ How to Disable Full Row Select in Explorer in Windows 7? - The Winhelponline Blog

(Taken from the site)
I?m writing this article specifically for Windows 7, because the FullRowSelect registry key that you used in Windows Vista, doesn?t work in Windows 7.....

&

Auto arrange menu option is back. Atlast, you can disable Auto arrange option when in "icons" view. This wasn?t possible in Windows 7 earlier.....
It involves editing the Registry so I don't reccomend it for everyone, however, I have had limited Registry Editing experience and I was able to follow the step by step instructions with complete success. I can confirm that the fix/hack does enable you to use "Auto Arrange" but I can not guarentee that your system will remain stable after the edit, as editing the Registry can cause problems if done incorrectly. If you edit the Registry you do so at your own risk.

Enjoy,

Shantelle.

A:Auto Arrange Fix (Registry Edit)

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Shantelle


Hello,

For all of you Windows 7 users who have been annoyed (like myself) at the removal of "Auto Arrange", a fix has been discovered.

It was discovered by Ramesh Srinivasan @ How to Disable Full Row Select in Explorer in Windows 7? - The Winhelponline Blog

(Taken from the site)
I’m writing this article specifically for Windows 7, because the FullRowSelect registry key that you used in Windows Vista, doesn’t work in Windows 7.....

&

Auto arrange menu option is back. Atlast, you can disable Auto arrange option when in "icons" view. This wasn’t possible in Windows 7 earlier.....


It involves editing the Registry so I don't reccomend it for everyone, however, I have had limited Registry Editing experience and I was able to follow the step by step instructions with complete success. I can confirm that the fix/hack does enable you to use "Auto Arrange" but I can not guarentee that your system will remain stable after the edit, as editing the Registry can cause problems if done incorrectly. If you edit the Registry you do so at your own risk.

Enjoy,

Shantelle.


First, Thanks you for the Ramesh link blog.

Just to say this registry fix doesn't work on my Home Premium x64...Even with the "FullRowSelect" registry add.

Now i can't get rid of the menu bar in Explorer...When the box is uncheck in Option Folders, it still doesn... Read more

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I am having a problem with the auto arrange feature that automatically arranges icons on the desktop. Everytime I restart my computer it auto arranges the icons. I do not have the option selected when I right click/arrange icons by/auto arrange.

I am able to rearrange my icons after I am started up but every time I restart it rearranges my icons.

A:Can't disable auto-arrange desktop

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Originally Posted by lindseyschlabac


I am having a problem with the auto arrange feature that automatically arranges icons on the desktop. Everytime I restart my computer it auto arranges the icons. I do not have the option selected when I right click/arrange icons by/auto arrange.

I am able to rearrange my icons after I am started up but every time I restart it rearranges my icons.




After arranging them have you right clicked and chosen "lock desktop" under arrange icons?

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I know there are a few ways to align desktop icons. You can "auto arrange" or "align to grid" or both. With neither of these options checked, the icons should stay exactly where I drag them to. This works fine for all desktop icons except for any Microsoft Word documents on my desktop. If I put the icon anywhere on the desktop it stays there until:
 

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I open the document ,edit it and save it again. When I save it,the icon moves to the left side of my desktop and "auto arranges". In other words it moves over and under the last icon on the left side of screen. THIS ONLY happens with a Microsoft Word  document. Everything else stays where I leave it,
 

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Any help would be appreciated

A:Desktop Icons "Auto Arrange"

Try checking align icons to grid and leave the auto arrange icons.

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I have obviously affected a change to my system, perhaps my registery, that now causes my large assortment of desktop icons to auto-arrange upon each boot or reboot.

I have tried all options available by the menu from right-clicking on the desktop. I am no longer able to rearrange the icons by selecting the options offered such as size, name, etc. If I manually rearrange them (and lock the desktop and/or save a "scheme"), they still auto-arrange on the next boot.

I can find no help in the "Help" section other than the above. Would anyone know how I can regain my ability to selectively arrange and keep the pattern of desktop icons?

Thanx!!

A:Desktop icons will now only auto-arrange.

If you are happy making changes to your registry try this. First, set a system restore point. Next, click on Start>run. In the box type "regedit". As an extra precaution click File on the top line then select Export. Name the file "backup" and save to your desktop. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer. In the right hand pane there may be an item called "NoSaveSettings". If you don?t see this, add it as a binary value, by right clicking in the right hand pane and selecting "New" then "Binary". Type in "NoSaveSettings" without the quotes and enter the value: 00 00 00 00 If it already exists edit it to 00 00 00 00, then exit from regedit. See if that works. If it doesn't you can either delete the entry from the registry or import your backup. Let me know how you get on.

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Hello,

I know that you can right-click on desktop > view > check "auto arrange icons", but is there a shortcut/hotkey button that currently exists? I would like to just push a single button to quickly line them up for me, I do not want the auto arrange to be turned on always, just when the icons get a little bit out of control and needs a quick sort.

Is there a hotkey that does that already, or does anyone have a idea/solution where a shortcut with that functionality can be created?

A:Is there a auto arrange desktop icon hotkey?

miyagi54:

Here is a link to the most complete Windows 7 Hotkey list I know of: All Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts - the complete list - 4sysops

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Hi,
This first started a couple of days ago.  Turned my laptop on and found all my desktop icons had auto arranged down the left hand side in alphabetical order.  I'd had it plugged in to a TV the previous day so just assumed they had auto arranged
due to a resolution change.  I changed them back to how they were and didn't think anything more about it until the next day when I booted up and they had auto arranged again. 

- I then narrowed it down a bit further and found that if I rearranged a couple of icons then right clicked the destop and choose 'refresh' this wouldn't save their current position, it would put them back into alphabetical order down the left hand side
again.
- I then tried safe mode using my login, and again it failed to hold the desktop icon position when I clicked refresh, or rebooted.
- After that I tried safe mode and normal mode using a different user account, and they could hold desktop icon positions with no problems.
So it just seems to be affecting my user account on the laptop.  I have made sure both 'auto arrange icons' and 'align icons to grid' are turned off.  align icons to grid makes no difference whether it's on or off.
Running 64 bit version of Windows 7 ultimate.

Any suggestings on what could be causing this, and what I could try to fix it?
(I realise I could probably just create a new user account for myself and do it that way, but I'd rather like to solve this issue without doing t... Read more

A:Desktop icons auto arrange after refresh

Hi,
Unfortunately I think this problem is going to go un-answered.  In the process of trying to fix I made one to many registry changes and the computer started doing some wierd stuff that I couldn't recover from.  I reloaded Windows 7 (x64) from scratch,
and now using the same user account as before I can re-arrange icons on the desktop with no issues.  So I don't think it was a group policy issue.
Thanks for the suggestions.  Just unfortunate I had to reinstall windows without finding a fix.

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I was curious if anyone found the auto arrange.. i'm constintently having to sort and resort to get my win 7 to sort by modified date. Has anyone found the auto sort option?

A:xp desktop had auto arrange but can't find on win7

Hello,

Use this link: Desktop Icons - View and Sort By - Vista Forums

Have a nice day!

zx81

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I have a user with Windows 7 OS. She had Auto Arrange icons turned off, as she prefers to keep her icons in a particular order and location on her desktop. Last week she got a trojan. We ran virus scans to remove. Since then, even though Auto Arrange is UNchecked, her icons rearrange each time she reboots. I tried checking it, rebooting, then unchecking it, but when I checked it and rebooted, it came back up unchecked, and with her icons all on the left. I have researched this for hours and I can only find 2 solutions - "uncheck auto arrange" (it IS unchecked), or install some kind of desktop icon manager (which we shouldn't have to do). Any ideas?
 

A:Solved: Auto Arrange Desktop Icons No Longer Works

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Hi All

I usually move my folders and files around so i know where things are but because auto arrange is on I'm unable to move anything. I've been searching high and low and cannot find out how to disbale auto arrange, can anyone help.

A:Auto Arrange?

Hello Ichiban, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's the same as in Vista. You would just uncheck Auto Arrange.

Desktop Icons - View and Sort By - Vista Forums

In addition: Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Auto Arrange is greyed out at View/ Arrange Icons
How can I get Auto Arrange to work for me?
 

A:Auto Arrange

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How can I disable auto arrange in my folders?
thanks

A:disable auto arrange

You don't

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My boss likes to arrange his folders on his desktop a certain way and has turned off auto arrange. He is using dual monitors and places the the folders into his secondary monitor for easier access, then stay there without any issue until he needs to reboot, then windows arranges them back as if auto arrange was on. Any thought as to what could be causing this? Thanks for any input.

A:Auto arrange is off, but it still arranges.

Once arranged, try right clicking and select Refresh, both monitors.
You could also try installing a program like DesktopOK to remember icon placement.

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In XP Home ed, 'Auto Arrange' is automatically checked when you
go to VIEW for a folder and then ARRANGE ICONS BY, and you have to uncheck it if you want another option. Can this automatic check mark be turned OFF? Thanks
 

A:Eliminate Auto Arrange

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On XP I used to be able to place my files where ever I wanted  in explorer. On Windows 7 to my dismay I can't move files ore folder where I want them. Is there a way to turn this off? When tranferring a bunch of files to removable storage there may be files that I may not want to transfer and I can't simply move them out of the way like used to on XP.

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Hey, guys

This just came to my attention: How to Disable Full Row Select in Explorer in Windows 7? - The Winhelponline Blog
It is a hack to disable the full-row selection in Explorer. As a side effect it also adds the option to disable the auto-arrange in "icon" mode. See the attached screenshot. Thanks to tuxplorer for sending me the link and pointing the auto-arrange side effect.

Basically this hack forces Explorer to use the old "SysListVew32" control instead of the new "DirectUIHWND" control, so most features start behaving like in Vista (my favorite - the blue sort header is back instead of the 7's white header, also the gap between the header and the first file is gone).

BTW, there is a typo in the instructions. They say to add a key to Shell\Bags\AllFolders, but it is actually Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell. Also this hack only affects the generic folders, not special folders like Music or Videos.

I'm guessing a different GUID is needed for each special folder type. I'm hoping somebody in this forum who is more familiar with the registry hacks can figure it out for all folders and prepare a better tutorial. Brink? You know you want to

A:Auto-arrange - solved?

Hello Ivo,

I have not tried this in Windows 7 yet, but I image that will work in it just as well.

Select Files - Disable or Enable Full Row Select - Vista Forums

UPDATE:
Vista method does not work in Windows 7.

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Good morning. I have a list of 95,000+ specification IDs (e.g. 25W011100017A or 25W711200017A) that I need to put in order . What I'm looking for is for them to be in order of the highest number of each one. For example if there are 250 of 25W011100017A and 249 of 25W711200017A I want the former above the latter. There are about 300 different specification numbers to go through. Any ideas on how to do this? Thanks.
 

A:Special Auto-Arrange

what is this used in Excel, word, access, text other database ?

if excel
you maybe able to create new column and use countif , and then sort by that column

so if your list is in column A from cell A2 to A1000
then in Column B2 put
=COUNTIF($A$2:$A$1000,A2)
and copy down from B2 to B100
now that should count the entries then you can sort by that column and that should work

see attached
 

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viewed the tutorial about disabling auto arrange in Win 7, proceeded to download, run, etc. and all i ended up with was a Giant Windows 7 icon in the middle of my screen. thought i'd lost everything, but created a backup just before i tried this step and restored system. this tutorial (written by a Microsoft tech i hear) does not work. please help! is there any other way to disable this annoying feature in Win 7. i want to arrange photos in my pic file as i choose to like i did on XP. thanks

A:disable auto arrange in Win 7

Hello Misago, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Did you use the tutorial below for this. It does work in Windows 7.

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

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Hello,

Whenever I transfer my favorite’s folder (IE), frm one HD to another…..

The fav. Folder re-arranges all my sites “alphabetically automatically”. I prefer to have them in certain order as I placed them…. So any solution to combat this ?

A:Auto Re-arrange of my fav. Folder - Help

Hello Craige,

I'm not sure of any way to keep it sorted as you like from one location to the next, but if you RIGHT-click inside the folder, you can "sort by date modified" and choose ascending or descending order. Hope this helps some.

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Whenever I arrange my icons the way I want to, open Internet Explorer and exit out of it, the icons get rearranged automatically, without the "Auto Arrange" selected. Any suggestions please. Thanks in advance.
 

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About a month and a half ago, I noticed all my desktop icons were on the left side of the screen in alphabetical order. Turning Auto-arrange off or on does nothing. As soon as I refresh or restart my PC, the icons revert back to the auro-arrange display. We have four user on my PC and oddly enough only my account (which is the admin - not sure if that matters) has the problem. I've read a number of old posts (1-2 years old) that discuss accessing the registry. I'm fairly adept with this thing but I'm not looking to do open heart surgery. Any ideas?

A:Can't turn off auto-arrange in Windows 7

Hi -
If you Right click on an open (vacant) area of your screen, and Point to Arrange Icons By what items do you see ticked ??
Are any ticked, all ticked or just a few -

Thank You -

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Are there any registry tweaks I could do to turn off the auto-arranging and sorting in explorer? I need to be able to rearrange my files in any order I want to by dragging them around. This is the biggest annoyance so far with Win 7. I can do this on the desktop, so why can't I do this in the folders?

A:Any way to disable auto-arrange and sorting?

This might work for you, but its not exactly the same. Right click somewhere in the folder select sort by then click on more. Check "Date accessed" and click ok. Select Date accessed in the sort by menu and click on ascending. It will kind of work for you if you like having the files you extract at the end of the list. If you extract a folder it will show up at the bottom of all the folders. Hope this helps!

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Hi,

This is driving me nuts! . Using Windows XP, I want to disable/kill the Auto Arrange function in My Pictures (and all sub-folders). Unticking it in context menu (right click) makes no difference nor (anymore) does editing the Registry Entry (ie, HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Windows NT/Current Settings/Program Manager/Settings/Auto-Arrange/Edit D Word Value, etc.

Any idea what I should do next?

Thanks,

DANNY O'DARE
 

A:How to disable Auto Arrange in Windows XP?

Can you provide some more info on what you are trying to accomplish or what the OS is preventing you from doing?
which view do you have your My Pictures (and subfolders) set to?

Auto Arrange simply moves the icons neatly to the beginning of the window. you can change the order of them but you cannot leave space between them. with this unchecked, you can scatter your icons anywhere you want them. I only find this useful with desktop icons that I want in a particular place all of the time for convenience but inside a folder, I don't understand why you wouldn't want auto arrange

Did you try setting defaults on both the General tab and View tab of Folder Options?
Also, Reset All Folders button on the View tab should restore the default views of all folders while Apply to All Folders will set the folder view of every folder to the view of the folder you are currently in.
 

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Hi
I'm new here , I find these forums very helpful , I want to thanks all people that working on them.
I was XP user till lately , It disapoint me to upgrade to 7 but we have too.. anyway MS seem to be relying on goofers to build their systems -_-

I followed this tutorial Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable Thanks to shawn for it.

I have added the moded reg , closed explorer process and it worked , ran the restore reg closed explorer again and got the forced auto arrange back. Was testing. So I have added the modded reg and disabled auto arrange.

Now I wanted to restore the forced auto arrange but system seems to be rebuilding the shell reg on a disabled auto arrange. I deleted them manualy , restrored backup reg still same thing.
Anyone know a fix ? other than rebuilding the whole reg again. just out of curious.

And the reason why I wanted to restore the forced or default setting , becuase when I move my file/folder to another location in the same folder and opening it right away it will open the pervious file/folder that was on it's place.I have to pick , click another location or refresh to open the correct arranged file.
Is this normal with everyone ? thought I could fix by reapplying the stepps o_O.

PS: it's ok if can't fix , but it's good to know xD
Much thanks all.

A:Can't undo disabled auto arrange o_O ?

Hello Blackhorse, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Normally, folder views should be reset to enable auto arrange again. However, if you like, you could try merging the REG file attached below and restart the computer to see if it may be able to enable auto arrange without having to reset folder views.

If it messes the folder views up, or causes some unknown issue, then you could just merge the Reset_All_Folders_To_Default_Folder_Views.reg file from OPTION TWO in the tutorial linked in your post to reset folder views and fix it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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As the title; looking for a way to disable the in-built Auto-Arrange in folders so that I can actually move and place my file icons how a user wishes.
 

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Instead of auto arrange putting all of my icons on my desktop on the left, i want it to arrange them on the right. Is there a registry key that controls how auto-arrange works so that i can change it to arrange all of the icons on the right? how would i go about doing this?

A:I'd like to change how auto arrange works.

Welcome to Seven Forums hvyas1. Not that I've ever seen. It's just easier to use the free Fences to align the icons wherever you want. A Guy

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There is no auto-arrange check option when right clicking on a folder. Where is the turn off auto-arrange option? I have to be able to manually arrange the folders and not sort by any names, numbers, dates, etc., or group. I need the turn off auto-arrange option.

A:How do I turn off auto-arrange in file folders?

right click on desktop
view
auto arrange icons
there should be a little symbol next to it just click it and the symbol should go
and your free to mess up your desktop woo

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First off I used the forum search function and didn't fins any threads addressing this issue so I apologize in advance if this is a duplicated topic and I somehow missed it.

I have disliked this "feature" since windows 7 and I see they still have not restored the ability to manually sort without having to give every file a "tag". Note: I do not want to use windows live essentials as I hate photo gallery, so this is not an option. I used to be able to arrange my photos by dragging and dropping them next to another similar photo and it would snap to grid where I dropped it. This helps me eliminate duplicate pictures. I found this ink for windows 7:

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums

However it says very clearly at the beginning not to use it for any other OS versions. Does any one know if this works for windows 10 as well or if there is a way to do it in windows 10? I would prefer a 3rd party program as oppose to editing my registry if it can be helped (all the things that need "fixing" for customization in windows 10 seem to always suggest a reg fix, but I am afraid to edit my registry too much).

I appreciate any help.

A:Disable Auto Arrange in Windows Explorer

Hello Chronia,

Here's the Window 10 version of that tutorial.

Auto Arrange in Folders - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

If you like, we have an extensive Tutorials section here.

http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/

Windows 10 Tutorial Index

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So i was going to put some stuff on to my Flash Drive when I noticed that everything was in a weird order. I looked at it and seen that it was in Auto Arrange mode. Here's my problem, I tried to undo this but I can't. I've tried to look this up on other sites but they're only about Auto Arrange on the Desktop. So how do I fix this Auto Arrange mode in my Flash Drive

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Hi,

I use an Excel spreadsheet for my work which I constantly update, the problem is when I add new data I want it to auto arange into alphabetical or numerical value order without me having to highlight cells and use the A-Z feature. Is there any way to have Excel 2007 auto arrange in this way? I am not sure it can even be done but I think it should be a feature of Excel if it cannot.

Thanks in advance!
 

A:Can you auto arrange cells in Excel 2007?

U could use a VBA code (worksheet change) to do this!
But we need to know more detailes, like: is it always the same column, the number of columns u need to be included in the sort operation, does this range change or not and so on!
A sample file will help as to understand your question beterr too!
 

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I HATE Windows Vista!!! This worthless piece of junk program takes it upon itself to periodically auto arrange my files on its own which is VERY annoying since I have several hundred documents sorted into numerous folders and I need to have them arranged in a particular manor so that I can find them when I want! However, I can usually fix the problem by doing a system restore but, after it auto arranged the files again this evening, I attempted to restore the system but, it told me that there are no restore points present on my computer!!! So, I tried downloading and installing the bat file for disabling auto arrange in Windows Vista 64 Bit listed in the tutorial per the instructions and I did see exactly what the tutorial said I would. But, I am STILL able to auto arrange the files by clicking on Auto Arrange! So, how do I PERMENENTLY disable this worthless feature?

A:Help with disabling Windows Vista Auto Arrange

Hello doctrout, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The tutorial below you mentioned will disabled auto arrange, but you are still able to turn it back on for any specific folder. I'm not sure what to say other than don't click on the "Auto Arrange" option that will turn it on for that folder. If you do, then clicking in it again will turn it off again for that folder.

Windows Explorer Auto Arrange - Disable

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Hi,

Got a few questions which tie in to what i am doing so i'll try to explain as best i can.

I want to be able to have excel automatically arrange the order in which it displays the information based on the value or information in a cell. Eg i have a list of things i sell online and I track their performance using the spreadsheet were i have a sheet for every product type which are linked to a master snapshop sheet which has the prices, weight and other info about the items. The product name on this main sheet is hyperlinked to the sheet containing the product and in turn the data in that sheet is formulated back to the main snapshot the aim being as little data input as possible to calculate everything.
I would like to be able to have the snapshop mainsheet automatically put for example the best performing product at the top of the list. At the moment a have to select the cell and expand the data range but this is erratic as i don't think i do it properly. Sometimes it messes all the data up. I am not that good with excel so i am probably going to be told why don't you do this or that etc but that is ok if anyone has an idea.
Anyone able to help?
Apologies if its difficult to follow but i will give more info if requested.
If someone has a link to a webpage that can help would be great also.

Regards,
lee_1133
 

A:How do you Auto arrange cells in excel based on their values?

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Hi there,

Im looking for a way to disable the way windows 7 automatically arranges files and folders.
What im talking about is...When new files and folders are created / moved to a folder in which you are currently viewing, the new objects are thrown into the original folder contents and automatically arranged. I know this sounds rather vague / moronic....

But what im really looking to do is, have windows 7 act like XP does with new objects. Where as the newly moved / pasted files or folders would be placed at the very end of all original contents in the folder being viewed.

Sorry for the pithy description....got a bad cold and a little out of it right now.
Any ideas?

Thanks for reading.
 

A:Disable windows 7 auto file / folder arrange?

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So I've just gone from Vista to Windows 7 and was wondering a few things:

- In Vista's Windows Explorer you could change the order of files and then click Name or Date modified, etc at the top and it would arrange them in order again. I really loved this feature and find the Windows 7 instant auto arranging. What's the best way to get these features in Win 7?

- I liked some of the folder icons in Vista and really want the one below in Windows 7, what's the best way to get it:



Thanks for your time

A:Windows 7 - Best/easiest way to disable auto arrange in Win Explorer

Did you click on this yet ? You would probably have to install an icon theme pack. Better to post in the customization section.

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After a power-cycle on my laptop running Win 2K, the Icons will appear on the desktop
as if I have Arrange Icons Auto Arrange checked. The Auto Arrange is not checked.
I did a Refresh before the power-cyle.

Thanks for help in advance.
 

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Hello all,

I have 2 monitors that I frequently shift open windows between. I love that 8.1 has built in hotkey functionality to do this, but I hate the screen edge auto arrange/resize. After disabling auto arrange, the shift+windows+arrow function no longer works. Why on earth?
Is there any way I can keep auto arrange disabled and re-enable the hotkey function?

thanks

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I'v been recently having some wierd problems with my win7.

My desktop auto arranges icons even tho the auto arrange is not checked. i can drag them away to new grid positions but on manuall refresh or like reboot it auto arranges them back to left side of the desktop. apparently it arranges in the last used "sort by" from right click. anyone know how to fix?

Also i think this came at the same time:

When i change the view mode in "my computer" it doesnt remember it, iv always used details before and now everytime i enter it, it has changed to icons.

Anyone know why?

Thanks for the help!

THE SOLUTION (Found 2012-08-21):

Removed registry folder:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\clsid\{42aedc87-2188-41fd-b9a3-0c966feabec1}]

Regfile to fix this and additional information can be found:
http://gravitypoint.se/windows-7-desktop-auto-arrange-solution/

If that does'nt help you its must certainly some other folder around there.. using a fresh windows account you can easily test it folder by folder by exporting them from the corrupt account and runing it on the non-corrupt profile and log out / log in until you see when the working account gets the same problem as your corrupt one.. then you know what folder it is.

A:Auto arrange bugg and file view memory loss in win 7 x64

For those looking for the answer i still havent found a solution... i narrowed it down to it has something to do with a corrupt user profile ... if i create a new user in windows the new user don't have this problem.. however its not a FIX since i copying all my information to a new user is not possible.. the guides online only work partly and don't mention loss in some profile settings.

I find it pretty sad that officiall windows support answers are to make a new profile .. its the typical microsoft way ... find a way around problems .. not solving them.. my suggestions.. go mac or linux.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 58.4

Hello,
I use Windows 8 Pro and I have very strange problem.

I enabled display hidden and system files, but system auto-disable its... I make it about three times, always with the same result. I don't know what causes this problem, I can't reproduce its (it isn't after reboot).

Also I have similar problem with system restore.
I disabled it, but system turned it on again.

WTF?! Does my system better know what I need?!
I apologize for the tone, but it's really frustrating...

A:Hidden files - auto disable, restore auto enable?!

Hello lukasamd,

That's odd behavior.

You might consider resetting Windows 8.

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Ideally, I want ALL of my folders to arrange themselves in alpabetical order by name. I've set folder preferences to view them this way, but still have to right-click on the browse window and 'Arrange Icons By Name' but, as soon as I close the window and reopen it, it arranges all of the folders back to random.

If setting folder preferences is not the solution, I assume that the registry can be edited to let the folders perform this way.

Another annoyance of XP is working in a folder and wanting to open a file in the folder, but the 'Open' option defaults to a completely non-relevant folder. If you wouldnt mind providing two solutions, is there a way to instruct XP to automatically default to the last folder the application was working in?

PRESENT: Here is an example of what I mean: I am working in a folder that is located on the desktop and wish to open a file. In the application, when I open a file, Windows defaults to 'My Documents' where all of the folders are arranged randomly.

SOLUTION: Ideally, I want Windows to default 'Open' to the last folder worked in and arrange everything alphabetized by their name.

Thank you for your help.
 

A:How to PERMANENTLY Arrange Folders by Name? Is there a registry solution?

Open Windows Explorer, go to your folder, then sort them the way you want.
Then go to "Tools, Folder Options, View tab", and then select the "Apply to Folder" button.
OK out of Folder Options, and then close Explorer. Now, when you open Explorer or from a program the files should be sorted in the manner you set them at.

Each time you start a new session, the programs will default to My Documents.
 

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I made a free tool(for those who have more than 15 icons on desktop) to arrange your desktop icons into shapes like hearts, circles, stars and so on. It gives a bit of freshness to your desktop, icons arranged into a cute heart on a good wallpaper looks really nice.

You can set the height, width and position of the shape on the screen. It also have a function that saves and restores icons position, useful for those who change resolution a lot.

I attached some screenshots to see what I'm talking about.

Link to download My Cool Desktop

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to share

A:My Cool Desktop - little app to arrange desktop icons into shapes

Thats pretty cool, fair play. I am one of those minimalist people who has nothing on his desktop. Still well cool utility though well done

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RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

First of all, I apologize for bringing this up a second time. True I asked for help on this about a year ago, and I thought the problem was fixed, but it isn't.

When I right click on my desktop, usually the option "Arrange Icons By" and other ones are available. Now when I right click, the only options available are:

Refresh
Paste
Paste Shortcut
Properties

Please help! How do I get the other options back?! I can't find an answer anywhere and I don't want to pay Dell 39.95 for support. Thank you.

A:Arrange Icons Desktop

Hi eXcellence !

First time I encounter this problem. Try the following and restart the computer after each change :

Right-click an unused space on the desktop => properties => desktop => customize desktop => web => untick everything under web page (there should be only one unticked "my welcome page" entry there) and untick lock desktop items.

If that didn't help then follow the instructions on this page or try this fix from Kelly's coner : http://kellys-korner-xp.com/regs_edi...sktopicons.reg

Quote:




To use the Regedits: Save the REG File to your hard disk. Double click it and answer yes to the import prompt. REG files can be viewed in Notepad by right clicking on the file and selecting Edit.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

Hi everyone

I have a user, using a dell laptop running xp pro sp3. This user is often moving between sites, connecting a secondary monitor at each site while still using their laptop screen as the primary monitor.

When ever they turn on their computer the desktop Icons are re-arranged.
Checking obvious things like "auto-arrange" is not the issue.

Any idea's? I'm assuming it has something to do with the resolution being adjusted as this user connects to secondary monitors...


thanks

A:Desktop Icons Re-arrange themselves

I tried re-arranging the icons again. disconnecting the secondary monitor. restarting the latop, and on logging on again the icons had rearranged again.. even though the secondary monitor was not connected...

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RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

Hello,
I have a Toshiba laptop and use a separate monitor for photo editing because of the better quality detail.
However, when I connect the additional monitor to the laptop my well organised icons find themselves a new home on the desktop of both screens.
I understand that the reason for this is the different screen definition of the monitor but the icons do not return to the original location on the laptop when the additional monitor is disconnected. Is there a way to "lock" these icons to retain the original arrangement ?
Any "non teckie" idea's to resolve this would be appreciated.
Thank you.

A:Why do my desktop icons re-arrange themselves ?

Desktop icons can be a pain. You can avoid the problem if you organize your icons in taskbars. That's a lot more convenient and flexible.

Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista

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RELEVANCY SCORE 53.6

Can anyone help with this? I used to be able to arrange my desktop icons any way I wanted, but all of a sudden, they always revert to a "frozen" arrangement. It doesn't matter if I try to arrange by Type or Name or Date - they always jump back to Name.

Also, my "Show Quick Launch" option always comes up Unchecked every time I boot up.

Any ideas?
 

A:Arrange Icons on Desktop - No Longer Works

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RELEVANCY SCORE 52.4

Hello,

since about 2 weeks my desktop icons align automaticly on the left side of the desktop. If I move them manuel to another place and press F5 or reboot the computer, they are back on the left side.

This problem happens since about 2 weeks.

Also the sice-setting of the icons won't save after a reboot.

What can I do?

(I'm sorry for my english, I am from germany).

Thanks alot!

A:Desktop Icons arrange on left side after reboot/refresh

Good evening.

Can you create a new user account and see if the same issue occurs in that?

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RELEVANCY SCORE 51.2

I open a folder and I want to have manual control of my files/icons in the folder to arrange as I like.
I uncheck auto arrange from the "View" menu.
When I open the folder again, it is back to auto-arrange.

How can I save so auto arrange stays off?

thanks!
 

A:Don't want icons to "Auto arrange"

Try Right Clicking in the folder window and make sure Arrange Icons-Auto Arrange is unchecked there also. Then set a preference (Name; Size: Type; Modified or Left click and hold down on the icons and move them around to where you want them in the folder.
 

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