Windows 10: How to get File Explorer to sort folders and files together?

  1.    15 Jul 2017 #1

    How to get File Explorer to sort folders and files together?

    Currently I can only get all folders sorted and then all files sorted. I'd like to get them to sort together. Specifically this is for my Movies drive, which has thousands of films... most are in folders, but some are just files.

    I searched here and elsewhere, but did not find any answers specifically for Win10. I also tried Xplorer2 and tried to sort by 8.3 Name, but that still did not work. My ideal solution would not include 3rd party software.

    I'm open to modifying system files if need be, I just do not have the technical skills to do it without a tutorial.

    All assistance is appreciated. Thank you!
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  2. pepanee's Avatar
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       15 Jul 2017 #2

    Hello, I have some folders that I customize in order for best appearance whenever I'm working in there. Here's one of the examples that I have. There are certain Unicode characters that are invisible and let you re-organize the way you want. Yet one rule is that folders will always be on top, and then the files are listed under the folders.

    Yet one big thing is that you have to rename your files and add those "invisible" Unicode characters to your file names / folder names.

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  3. pepanee's Avatar
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       15 Jul 2017 #3

    Actually, the picture I posted above barely shows what I meant, lol. Here's a better example of what I'm talking about. The files in this folder are sorted by name. So you can see that these "invisible" characters can let you sort file names the way you want them. I renamed all those files by adding the invisible characters.

    *But once again, I don't think you want to rename your files and add those "invisible" characters, right?

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  4.    16 Jul 2017 #4

    Unfortunately, no. That is not what I'm looking to to. I'd like for File Explorer to behave like Mac's Finder. Such as:

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  5. Berton's Avatar
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       16 Jul 2017 #5

    I see the same in my MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra [the latest] but what Windows does [Folders then files] is pretty much a hold-over from DOS days with Win3.x running on it. [Think pre-Windows 95 (1995).] Since Folders normally don't use extensions [although that could be done] that method of sorting by Type doesn't work.
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