Windows 10: Enable or Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10  

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  1. Posts : 20,872
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       29 Jan 2016 #10

    btsterli said: View Post
    Great, thanks. So just to be clear, for those sections at the top (reset folder views, turn off full row select, disable sniff folder feature), I should leave those alone since they appear to be more global settings and can't really be set per folder type?

    Just out of curiosity, what are those settings (full row select and sniff folder)? I guess you managed to figure out they need to be turned off in order for this to work? I'm curious what functionality we might be missing with these turned off. Probably nothing too special I assume.
    Here's a modified .bat file below to do this for only Pictures for you.

    Pictures_Disable_Auto_Arrange_in_File_Explorer-Icons.bat

    The "full row select" section is to prevent issues from being able to arrange items easily.

    The "sniff folder" section is to disable automatic folder type discovery. Automatic Folder Type Discovery is when Windows will automatically change the template of a folder to match the file type of the last file added or saved in the folder. For example, if your folder contains music files and you add a picture file, then Windows may change the folder template and view to the "Picture" template to match the new picture file.
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  2.    28 Feb 2016 #11

    To Brink and all that have posted. Thank you so much for this forum I have been looking for a fix for a few years now. I make a lot of movies and have to use 3 folders to mix photos together. Since the change it has tripled the time it takes to edit my photos with the auto arrange. I now have disabled this with your sweet sweet help. I also downloaded the enable to return it if needed. Can it hurt the PC at all with this change? Since i only needed this to work in my photos area I went to another folder and change the view to list and kept the photos folders i needed on Detail for the drag and drop. I cant tell you thank you enough. You cant see it but I'm giving you a PC to PC man hug. Hope this helps many others too. Have a great day!!!!!
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  3. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       28 Feb 2016 #12

    Hello HappyCamper, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Thank you. I hope you have a great day as well.

    It won't hurt anything to have auto arrange disabled. In fact, you will still be able to turn on/off auto arrange for specific folders, and still be able to set the folder views how you like for each specific folder.
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  4.    28 Feb 2016 #13

    Great thanks for the tips. And even a super fast response. Im still doing the happy dance. I was about to pull out my old old pc just to work on photos now i dont. Job well done!!!
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  5.    01 Mar 2016 #14

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    I have started mixing photos and i noticed I can drag and drop as planned with the download of details bat. However at times when i drop a photo sometimes it does a auto switch with a few other photos already in this folder. Same goes with if i have say 100 photos in the order i like and do a rename with them all highlighted it will auto select the order of naming the files which messes up my order. Any ideas or do i need to install all 3 of your sections for large, med too to open it completely for what i need? Thanks again
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  6. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       01 Mar 2016 #15

    HappyCamper,

    This is normal for when you drop an item or rename items in a folder for that item(s) be auto arranged at first. Disabling auto arrange just allows you to arrange them how you like afterwards.
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  7.    08 Mar 2016 #16

    Another question:

    I'm not sure if this is possible, but what I'd really like is for auto-arrange and align to grid to remain on by default, but have the option to manually disable them by individual folder as I wish. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be an option in the tutorial; all options seem to disable by default both auto arrange and align to grid, and one must then manually turn them back on if desired. I don't want to have to turn on both these options manually for every folder for which I don't want that behavior... which will be most of them. I just want auto-arrange and align to grid to show up as options in all folders.

    Is there a way to do that? Or is there a limitation in the OS that it will only display the auto-arrange and align to grid options for a folder if they are disabled by default?

    Thanks!
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  8. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       08 Mar 2016 #17

    Hello Nevyn, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'll have to play with it for a bit to see what I may be able to do, and hopefully post back with a solution for you.
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  9.    08 Mar 2016 #18

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Nevyn, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I'll have to play with it for a bit to see what I may be able to do, and hopefully post back with a solution for you.
    Wow, you're quick! Thanks a bunch for looking into this!

    On the other hand, don't feed the help vampires too much. Wouldn't want you to burn out!

    Have a good night.
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  10. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       09 Mar 2016 #19

    @Nevyn,

    I have updated steps 3 and 4 to have an auto arrange turned OFF option in them to help.
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