Windows 7 sorts desktop icons sort order

Dell / Inspiron 530
June 29, 2012 at 10:41:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7, 2 GHz / 4GB
Windows 7 sorts desktop icons in an annoying way.

Say I add an icon and want it alpha sorted with the existing desktop icons. Right click on the desktop and Sort by ==> Name. Windows 7 sorts the icons in reverse alpha order.

To get them sorted in forward alpha order, I have to do the right-click-sort-by-name process again.

How can I get Windows 7 to always sort the desktop icons in forward alpha order instead of alternating between forward and reverse order?

Steve


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#1
June 29, 2012 at 19:29:37
"How can I get Windows 7 to always sort the desktop icons in forward alpha order instead of alternating between forward and reverse order?"

No way that I know of.

It's been that way in Windows since at least Windows 2000.

Why is it so much of a bother to you that you would, at most, have to click on Name twice ?

If the items being sorted are NOT all already in alphabetical order, clicking on Name once sorts them in ascending order alphabetically.

If the items being sorted are already all in alphabetical order, clicking on Name again sorts them in descending order.

Why would you click on Name when they're already in aphabetical order ?

I actually wasn't aware you could sort them in descending order, or if I was I have forgotten that. I don't recall EVER clicking on Name unless I noticed there were one or more entries that was / were NOT in alphabetical order.

Clicking on Name again sorts them in ascendiong order again.

One more click.

If you had to to sort them manually, that would be another matter, but you don't have to.

In some situations you have two alphabetical lists when you sort by Name, both in ascending order, or, appareantly, both in descending order, one after the other.
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The sort order for files and folders whose names contain numerals is different in Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 than it is in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827



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#2
June 30, 2012 at 12:55:11
When you add a new icon, instead of clicking sort again, try just right clicking the desktop and select "Refresh". See if that works for ya.

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