Windows 10: Cannot permanantly sort items in Windows Explorer

Discus and support Cannot permanantly sort items in Windows Explorer in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I am doing some file moves which require me to move many files from one directory to another. These are all music files which are being moved into... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by SeaFury, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. SeaFury Win User

    Cannot permanantly sort items in Windows Explorer


    I am doing some file moves which require me to move many files from one directory to another. These are all music files which are being moved into smaller directories due to Windows Explorer constantly re-reading/re-indexing the directory every time I change the column sort order.
    What I want to achieve is to have each directory sorted by the column title "Contributing Artist". I can click on the ascending/descending column, get it sorted by that column and change directory. When I return, the previously sorted view has reverted to "Name" order. I could have removed the column "Name" temporarily (from "choose details") to get the sort as required but that is the only column which you cannot remove.
    I had initially moved the column order, expecting the first column in the view to be the one it sorted by - alas not!

    All I want is to fix the directory view sort order, so that EVERY time I look at a music directory contents, it is sorted, alphabetically by the column "Contributing Artist". It must also retain that same order criteria every time files are added or removed from that directory (so, when files are added, they are not tagged onto the bottom or inserted into the top but placed alphabetically into the directory. Can it be achieved?
    I have been playing with this for 3 hours now and cannot get it to work, even trying other Explorers!!!

    :)
     
    SeaFury, Mar 15, 2020
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  2. cereberus Win User

    Sorting with File Explorer.

    I tried the method that was complicated (3rd option) but fell over in second step as I could not find any "apply to folder button"'.

    However, the simple put *.* in search bar, then sort results windows by date does the trick. It is slightly cumbersome as I have to do that each time I am selecting files (to upload to sharepoint) but a lot less hassle than I was having to scroll up and down between sorted file block and sorted folder block.

    Many thanks.

    M.
     
    cereberus, Mar 15, 2020
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  3. Catbill Win User
    Can't we sort Quick Access items?

    In File Explorer, I want the items appearing under Quick Access to be sorted alphabetically. However, "sort" is grayed out.

    Further down the list in the sidebar, items under "This PC" can be sorted. Why in the world is this not possible for Quick Access?
     
    Catbill, Mar 15, 2020
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  4. Cannot permanantly sort items in Windows Explorer

    Windows Explorer Replacement?

    are you running IE7? if not that wouold be my first suggestion,upgrade to ie7 that can fix some stability issues with windows explorer
     
    Athlon2K15, Mar 15, 2020
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