Explorer sort order puzzle

  1.    13 Aug 2016 #1

    Explorer sort order puzzle

    Hopefully my question is clear from the following illustration. In short, I cannot understand why my files and subfolders are not getting sorted into the logical order I expect. Pretty sure thet were correct under my previous XP PC. All folders should come first. And several files are not sorted. Yet the great majority are!

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       13 Aug 2016 #2

    How do you want them sorted/displayed?

    By name?
    By date modified?
    By file type?

    Windows handles this by default to a certain extent and I don't think that behavior can be changed easily.

    But if you click any of the headings (such as "Name" or "Date" or "Type") it ought to sort the folder contents by that variable.

    Also, see here:

    File Explorer Options - Open in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Hope this helps a bit,
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  3.    13 Aug 2016 #3

    Alphabetically. By clicking Name, obviously.
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  4.    13 Aug 2016 #4

    From what is displayed, Microsoft makes a distinction between folders and shortcuts.

    The circled leading numbers seemed logical enough.
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  5.    14 Aug 2016 #5

    pyramid10 said: View Post
    From what is displayed, Microsoft makes a distinction between folders and shortcuts.

    The circled leading numbers seemed logical enough.
    Thanks, I missed those shortcuts. Didn't look beyond the identical icons. They're normally clearly distinguished, but apparently not inside the Dropbox folder.

    But 2007 before 2001? 2012 before 2001?

    After help in one of the Win 10 newsgroups I eventually fixed it using Policy Editor to revert from the so-called 'Intuitive' to 'Classical' sort mode. I still don't see how that sequence above can in any way be considered 'intuitive', but I'm happy to now have them in proper order. :)

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