How to keep sort order persistence in explorer

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  1. Posts : 334
    W10 22H2 19045.4291
       #1

    How to keep sort order persistence in explorer


    How to keep sort order persistence in explorer

    I have an image folder with a few dozen subfolders.
    In the image folder there are about 3000 and something images.
    The folder is set to show small images (large icons)

    Every time I opened this folder the sort order is ascending, (oldest date first)
    This annoys the hell out of me because I wanted it as decending , (newest date first)

    Although I have set the "default" sort order to "date" and "descending",
    every time I open Explorer and open this folder it is first by default ascending then the green bar crawls across and after a minute or 2 it finally has reorganize itself to my desired descending setting.

    How can I set this descending default permanently so that when I open the folder it is already descending and not the persistent default of ascending first and then I have to wait until it's sorted itself descending.
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  2. Posts : 42,973
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    One trick that might help you avoid the green progress bar when sorting after first opening the folder is to
    - rt click the folder, click Properties.
    - under Customise, change from Optimse..for Pictures (assuming it is so)
    to
    Optimise... for General items.

    It made a difference to a folder containing many images for me.


    How do you keep the sort order consistent?
    Sorry, don't know.
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  3. Posts : 334
    W10 22H2 19045.4291
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    One trick that might help you avoid the green progress bar when sorting after first opening the folder is to
    - rt click the folder, click Properties.
    - under Customise, change from Optimse..for Pictures (assuming it is so)
    to
    Optimise... for General items.

    It made a difference to a folder containing many images for me.


    How do you keep the sort order consistent?
    Sorry, don't know.
    The folder is optimized for pictures.
    I wonder, can't be hardcoded and there must be somewhere a setting Explorer references.
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  4. Posts : 9,788
    Mac OS Catalina
       #4

    What you need to do is use something other than File Explorer when managing photos. Lightroom is going to be your best bet.
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  5. Posts : 2,911
    Windows 10 Pro for the Bro
       #5

    a) Do you guys think that if the thread starter resets the Thumbnails Cache, it could speed up the load process, or if possible, list the folder's items correctly from the beginning?

    b) And 3Bit, if you could reduce the size of the images in that folder, it would speed up the folder load. Maybe you can have multiple folders with the images divided in them equally, if possible!

    also, check out this link:
    Just a moment...
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  6. Posts : 42,973
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    3Bit said:
    The folder is optimized for pictures.
    I wonder, can't be hardcoded and there must be somewhere a setting Explorer references.

    And thank you very much for taking the time to reply.



    Then why don't you TRY changing it to 'General' as I suggested, and see if the green progress bar is no longer a problem?
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  7. Posts : 770
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    Ref the progress bar, is this folder mentioned in indexing options? It might populate faster if its indexed. As for the explorer view settings maybe the explorer bags value needs reseting.
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  8. Posts : 42,973
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    No, it's not related to indexing.
    Mine's fully indexed - as I've said (twice) I've seen a marked difference between setting the folder to be optimised for Pictures and General wrt the green progress bar- which occurs only once after the folder is first opened.

    I'm guessing something to do with metadata/thumbnail cache...
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  9. Posts : 334
    W10 22H2 19045.4291
    Thread Starter
       #9

    The bottom line is that I want to open my picture folder and have my thumbnails but I want the sorting to be descending, (newest date first). While this folder remembers that it is defined as a picture folder and shows medium-sized (in MS speak "large icons") thumbnails of the images, it always starts out with a default of ascending (oldest date first). Then it seems to recognize my choice configuration "descending, (newest date first)" hence I have to wait for the green bar to complete which can take several minutes. The issue is that it always starts out when starting up with a default setting which is the opposite. Then it starts sorting descending order which takes some time.

    The core question is why can't I have Explorer set the way I want it to open sorted like I want it!? why first a default setting and then wasting my time following my preferred setting?
    When I open it respectively that specific folder, it first is always sorted by ascending (oldest date first) and then starts sorting the way I want it, hence the green bar. Why does it always go for a "default setting" I don't want neither ever asked for first and then waste my time sorting the way I want it.
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  10. Posts : 42,973
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10

    Thank you very much for your reply, repeating your intial post, essentially.

    Based on a quick trial- you would feel much happier if you were to use XYplorer.

    Thank you.
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