How to Turn Off Sorting in Windows 7

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By default, Windows Explorer displays files and folders in alphabetical order. You can change the sort method to arrange files or folders by date, size and type, but you cannot arrange the files in an unspecified order using the default sorting methods. Therefore, if you would like to drag frequently used files to the top of the list or arrange them in a fashion that perhaps makes sense only to you, you must edit the Registry to disable the sort feature in Windows Explorer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Right-click anywhere on the open desktop. Click "New," then "Text Document" on the pop-up menu. Double-click the text file to open it in Windows Notepad.

  2. 2

    Copy and paste the following text in the blank text document:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    ; Disable Auto Arrange for General Items folder template

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell{5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7}]



    ; Disable Auto Arrange for Documents folder template

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell{7D49D726-3C21-4F05-99AA-FDC2C9474656}]



    ; Disable Auto Arrange for Music folder template

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell{94D6DDCC-4A68-4175-A374-BD584A510B78}]



    ; Disable Auto Arrange for Pictures folder template

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell{B3690E58-E961-423B-B687-386EBFD83239}]



    ; Disable Auto Arrange for Videos folder template

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell{5FA96407-7E77-483C-AC93-691D05850DE8}]



  3. 3

    Click "File," then "Save As" on the menu bar. Enter "sort.reg" in the "File name" box, then click "Save." Close Windows Notepad.

  4. 4

    Double-click the "sort.reg" file on the Windows Desktop. When the "Registry Editor" confirmation box appears and asks you if you want to continue, click the "Yes" button. Windows saves the changes to the Registry. You can now arrange files and folders in any manner you choose.

  5. 5

    Delete the "sort.reg" file from your Windows desktop.

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