Solved Win XP Folders sort files problem (Screencast video below)

February 6, 2013 at 10:35:19
Specs: Windows XP
folders sort after files
When in "details" view I click on "name", "Date Modified" to sort the files, folders get sorted below the files.
See the attached video.
How do I prevent that ?
I want folders to remain at the top at all times.

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#1
February 6, 2013 at 13:49:10
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If you click on "date modified" or "date created", Windows takes no account of whether it's a file or a folder - it sorts all of them according to the date/time criteria only.

You can't have it both ways.

If you want all folders together, above the files, date/time criteria must be ignored, so you simply click on the "Name" column.

You can't have it in name order and in date order at the same time - impossible.


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#2
February 6, 2013 at 15:11:15
Click on "Date Modified" a second time and the folders will sort in reverse order, with the folders at the top as required.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
February 7, 2013 at 04:25:00
Are you sure there is no some registry key that I can change in order to tweak it ?

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#4
February 7, 2013 at 07:43:19
Not to my knowledge - it's just built into Windows.

Did clicking it twice not achieve what you wanted - it should have put the folders up top and sorted in date/time order?

Not much consolation but its far worse with Vista onwards. That darned auto-sort near makes file handling impossible without third party software.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
February 7, 2013 at 08:33:01
I know that, of course.
And about Vista on - there is much I don't like about these OSes, that's why I'm sticking to XP

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#6
February 7, 2013 at 10:28:00
I think #2 says it all - Files and Folders are treated the same.

This has been the same since Win 9x and is fundamental to the design of Windows.
If there was a registry fix for that it would be common knowledge by now.


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