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#1 ilkevinli

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 15:44

I know this seems like a dumb question but is there a way to rearrange the folders inside the "User" folder ? In XP I had no problems arranging the folder placements in the "My Documnets" folder. In Windows7, the folders inside the "User" folder seem to be locked and I have checked everywhere for an option but can't seem to fond anything. Thanks.


#2 Eric

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 15:52

How do you mean rearrange? If you want to relocate your Music folder for example you can just right-click-drag it to a new location and select Move. It will update the links.

#3 Gio Takahashi

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 15:55

Try right clicking a folder in question > Properties > Location

Maybe that's what you're looking for?

#4 ilike2burnthing

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 16:01

Open C:\Users\[UserName] and in the blank space right-click and select 'Sort by' and choose the appropriate sort format. If none of these are suitable then choose 'More...' and select one from the list there that works for you.

#5 OP ilkevinli

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 22:09

Hi guys. Thanks for the suggestions but they didn't work. Ill try to explain it a little better. In my user folder, I am trying to rearrange the order of the folders. In the below screen shot, I wat to move the Calkulin folder (the 1st one) to the last folder. Normally in XP I would just left click and drag it to the end. For some odd reason, in Win7 the folders in the user folder seem to be locked in place. Anyone know of a way to make it so I can arrange them the way I want ?

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#6 BajiRav

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 22:23

I think they are just arranged alphabetically? Are you trying to move that folder into some other folder or just change the order?

#7 OP ilkevinli

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 22:36

Im just trying to change the order.


I think they are just arranged alphabetically? Are you trying to move that folder into some other folder or just change the order?



#8 +Brandon Live

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 02:24

Windows Explorer in Windows 7 uses a new custom list view control that doesn't support custom ordering like the old one did. So in folder views you can no longer drag items around to rearrange them. Basically, pretty much nobody used this (except on the desktop, where it is still supported), and re-implementing it in the new virtualized list view wasn't worth the cost.

You can sort the items by any of their properties, such as name, date, etc.

Why do you want to arrange them differently?

#9 OP ilkevinli

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 18:38

Interesting. Thanks for the info. I wanted to rearrange them because Im just anal with things like that. I want all the folders with pictures at the front. :D




Windows Explorer in Windows 7 uses a new custom list view control that doesn't support custom ordering like the old one did. So in folder views you can no longer drag items around to rearrange them. Basically, pretty much nobody used this (except on the desktop, where it is still supported), and re-implementing it in the new virtualized list view wasn't worth the cost.

You can sort the items by any of their properties, such as name, date, etc.

Why do you want to arrange them differently?



#10 Lathuc

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:42

Windows Explorer in Windows 7 uses a new custom list view control that doesn't support custom ordering like the old one did. So in folder views you can no longer drag items around to rearrange them. Basically, pretty much nobody used this (except on the desktop, where it is still supported), and re-implementing it in the new virtualized list view wasn't worth the cost.

You can sort the items by any of their properties, such as name, date, etc.

Why do you want to arrange them differently?



that is the stupidest thing i have ever heard i organize pictures myself all the time for slide shows and since after i got win 7 i can't and i'm seriously ****ed off that i cant put them in any order i want and here i thought they had actually learned from vista *sigh*

#11 screwdriven

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 23:20

Windows Explorer in Windows 7 uses a new custom list view control that doesn't support custom ordering like the old one did. So in folder views you can no longer drag items around to rearrange them. Basically, pretty much nobody used this (except on the desktop, where it is still supported), and re-implementing it in the new virtualized list view wasn't worth the cost.

You can sort the items by any of their properties, such as name, date, etc.

Why do you want to arrange them differently?

We don't want explorer to arrange the files _at all_. If you have a new OS version, you expect more options - not less!

At least, we don't want explorer to arrange the files automatically. Instant Auto Arrange is not just extremely annoying, it is just plain wrong. At least there should be an option to disable it.

I don't know if you are partly responsible for Instant Auto Arrange or not... if you are, I think you should be fired.

Nothing should happen when you rename a file, or move a bunch of files. At least, not until pressing F5.



#12 +Brandon Live

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 00:58

We don't want explorer to arrange the files _at all_. If you have a new OS version, you expect more options - not less!

At least, we don't want explorer to arrange the files automatically. Instant Auto Arrange is not just extremely annoying, it is just plain wrong. At least there should be an option to disable it.

I don't know if you are partly responsible for Instant Auto Arrange or not... if you are, I think you should be fired.

Nothing should happen when you rename a file, or move a bunch of files. At least, not until pressing F5.

 

I'm not sure what "instant auto arrange" even means. I did not work on the ListView at all for Windows 7, but the team I was on at the time did. Explorer has always, always sorted items by default. A very, very, (very very very) small number of users would use the functionality in some versions to put items in a custom order which Explorer would remember. It made the view slower, but for small folders the difference wasn't really noticeable. In Windows 7, a priority was placed on supporting larger views, particularly for search results and library views. There was also a goal of supporting more remote data sources like OpenSearch providers (something I did work on). That meant building a new view designed to scale, and which could support incremental/progressive loading.

 

In any software undertaking like that, you have to make trade-offs if you ever want to ship. In this case, a focus was placed on the quality and reliability of the new view, at the expense of keeping parity with the old ListView when it came to some lower priority features. The goal was clearly to provide a new version of Explorer that was better for hundreds of millions of people, even if a few thousand would be disappointed by the loss of custom ordering.

 

Hmm, I just saw the last line of your post where you're talking about renaming or moving files and F5. That has nothing to do with what we were talking about in this thread (custom ordering). You're just asking for an old bug to be put back. If the user ever has to press F5 that means the UI has failed. So by "instant auto arrange" you mean the fact that the view reflects changes or additions immediately without ignoring the sort order. That was a bug/limitation in old versions of the view. In fact, older versions would *sometimes* sort in new items and sometimes not, depending how many were in the list. As I recall both Vista and Win7 made improvements there so the behavior would be more consistent.



#13 Torolol

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 01:45

actually in xp explorer, new files added to a folder thru copy/cut-paste means, will always located at end of list and will not be automatically sorted.

Such behavior is great if you need to works with newly added files immediately,

because new entries were grouped together and not spread across the (automatically) sorted files list.

it will also saves some miniscule CPU usages, as no additional sorting was performed.

 

i've works with folder with small amount of files ( <20 ) to folder with large amount of files ( >1000+ ),

no such *xp-explorer bug* you mentioned occurred to me.