Windows 10: Windows Explorer Sort List No Longer Appears

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  1.    19 Nov 2016 #1

    Windows Explorer Sort List No Longer Appears


    I'm using Win10 Anniversary Update.

    After getting the Anniversary Update, I noticed that the drop-down list in Windows Explorer no longer appears when one clicks on it under "Details View." Please, see the image below:

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    For example, let us say that I wanted to organize the files only by .PDF. There is now no way to see only those files, since no matter how much one clicks, the list will not appear.

    This occurs for ALL of the sort lists: File Name, Date, etc.

    Can anyone advise or help?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by mwidunn; 19 Nov 2016 at 20:08. Reason: clarification
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  2.    20 Nov 2016 #2

    Hi, I came across this- not exactly the same problem, but may suggest something:
    Column headings have gone in Windows 7 Explorer - Microsoft Community

    Make sure you back up before experimenting.

    And do you have the same problem in Safe Mode?
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  3.    20 Nov 2016 #3

    Works on my rig but try this:
    If you right click on one of the headers a drop-down menu will appear showing possible headers. Pick More. . . and scroll down to find File Extension. Highlight it and the file extension column will be created at the far right. You can drag this to any position you wish (I put it right after Name). Being old-school, I don't use Type, so it's off to the side. You can save the new setup by clicking View/options/Change folder and search options/View and select Apply to Folders. Now you can sort by extension.
    tcebob
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  4. Posts : 3,702
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       20 Nov 2016 #4

    It was renamed to File Explorer back in Win8/8.1. There are drop-down menus on mine in the Details view but are rather limited in scope. The menu choices are a lot predicated by the contents of a Folder. The clicking of the column heading remained the same as in Win7 on my computers.
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  5.    20 Nov 2016 #5

    dalchina said: View Post
    Hi, I came across this- not exactly the same problem, but may suggest something:
    Column headings have gone in Windows 7 Explorer - Microsoft Community

    Make sure you back up before experimenting.

    And do you have the same problem in Safe Mode?
    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm sorry, but I've never really been able to know what to call the various "parts" of the box/window/folder/etc. in Windows (and, there's nothing built in to tell the user what something is, either). Anyways, . . .

    What I'm referring to are the FILTERS for each Heading/Column in Details View. Before the Win10 Anniversary update, if I clicked on the little upside-down arrow to the right of the Heading/Column, a drop-down list box would appear in which there would be choices that I could select in order to further organize the Folder's contents. For example, if I only wanted to see all of the PDF files, then I could have checked the empty box for "PDF."

    After the Anniversary update, this no longer happens. I click on the arrow, and . . . nothing. The Pointer does its little "circle thing" for a split-second and, then, nothing happens.

    Any help?
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  6.    20 Nov 2016 #6

    Berton said: View Post
    It was renamed to File Explorer back in Win8/8.1. There are drop-down menus on mine in the Details view but are rather limited in scope. The menu choices are a lot predicated by the contents of a Folder. The clicking of the column heading remained the same as in Win7 on my computers.
    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm sorry, but I've never really been able to know what to call the various "parts" of the box/window/folder/etc. in Windows (and, there's nothing built in to tell the user what something is, either). Anyways, . . .

    What I'm referring to are the FILTERS for each Heading/Column in Details View. Before the Win10 Anniversary update, if I clicked on the little upside-down arrow to the right of the Heading/Column, a drop-down list box would appear in which there would be choices that I could select in order to further organize the Folder's contents. For example, if I only wanted to see all of the PDF files, then I could have checked the empty box for "PDF."

    After the Anniversary update, this no longer happens. I click on the arrow, and . . . nothing. The Pointer does its little "circle thing" for a split-second and, then, nothing happens.

    Any help?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 3,702
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       20 Nov 2016 #7

    Guess I'm not seeing the same issue, my AU 14393.447 seems to work like my Win7 w/SP1.
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  8.    21 Nov 2016 #8

    Repeat- do you have the same problem in Safe Mode?
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  9.    24 Nov 2016 #9

    dalchina said: View Post
    Repeat- do you have the same problem in Safe Mode?
    Yes, I have the same problem in Safe Mode.
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  10.    24 Nov 2016 #10

    Ok, that suggests some sort of Windows corruption. Whether it's fixable is another question. Without some precedent - which I've not seen- it's a matter of trying the basics first.

    Start with from an admin command prompt
    [Windows key + X, click command prompt (admin)]
    chkdsk C: /F
    Your PC will need to restart.
    Make sure the result is clear or fixed- else do not proceed.
    Post back the result, which you can get after a restart as follows:
    How do I see the results of a CHKDSK that ran on boot? - Ask Leo!

    then from an admin command prompt
    SFC /SCANNOW
    & post summary result.
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