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How to disable/enable auto-arrange icons in Win 10?

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If this has been answered before, please point to that discussion as I could not find it.

 

This used to be an option in a folder setting which has disappeared in Win 7 I think.

 

The only solution that I found so far is to run a .bat file.

 

See https://www.tenforum...ndows-10-a.html

 

I do not know if it a safe option as I am not a pro.

 

Is there a 3rd party app by any chance which creates an alternative folder view with an option to manually arrange icons?

 

Thank you!


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Hi BerDov

Try this:

1 Place your cursor on a blank area of your desktop

2 Right Click (Note, it must be a Right click) and select View

3 Look at the last 3 items in the drop down menu and place a tick( checkmark) as required or remove!

 

Post back and let us know if this does the trick for you.

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Thank you, paws,

 

but you are talking about the desktop. No problem there. I want the same option in the win explorer (whatever it's called now) that shows contents of each folder/subfolder.

 

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OK understood..

I don't think that Win 10 has an easy way of achieving that, however you may be able to get a satisfactory workaround by trying the following:

 

1 Open your folder

2 Click on view

3 Click on large icons

4 Click on Sort by and see if any of the options appeal

5 You could also click on Group by and see if it contains anything that may help

 

If these actions don't achieve what you want then I'm sorry but I cannot suggest anything further.

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I actually found a quick and dirty workaround. Will describe it a bit later when I have 5 min.


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:thumbsup:


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Here is what worked.

 

I needed to quickly put together a photo book to order from one of the online companies, about 100-120 pictures. In order to "tell a story" they had to be arranged by me, not by Microsoft.

 

Since all programs display a view, similar to Windows' Explorer when we click on the [open] button to search for a file to  open, that's what I did, using WordPerfect of all things.  Its own View menu allowed me to uncheck AutoArrange and also select more than one icon to drag around.

 

Once the icons were arranged, I took several screen shots to use as guides when laying out the book online.

 

Writing this, gave me an idea to search for a "story board" application. Perhaps, they exist. Project for another day.

 

Have a great weekend!


Edited by BerDov, 06 March 2020 - 05:06 PM.

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Ah... good solution and thanks for sharing

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Now I'm clear what you are trying to achieve, I hve had similar success in the past by renaming the files with a prefix ie 001garden.jpg, 002 garden.jpg

 

etc etc.

Its easy to do a "group rename" so to speak.

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