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macbrother

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I have a Win98 machine that somehow the order of the file directory got reversed. Files are listed from Z to A, not A to Z.

I went into folder options and tried to change the order and then save it, but it does not seem to save them.

Every File Dialog box in all software are in this way, not just the file explorer.

Any ideas where I might be able to change this order back to the default of A to Z.

Thanks in advance!
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Hello and welcome to Geeks To Go.

Try this out:

1. Open a folder.

2. In the menu bar at the top, click on "View", "Folder Options"

3. Click on the tab which is called "View"

4. Make sure the option called "Remember Each Folder's View Settings" is checked. If it is already, press "Cancel" and arrange the items in the folder that you have open from A to Z, repeat steps 1-3, and click on "Like Current Folder". This will make all folders look like the one you have open.


If this doesn't work, you can repeat steps 1-3 and click on "Reset All Folders".

Hope I helped :tazz:
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macbrother

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I tried both as instructed, and the files and folders are still listed backwards. I can get them to change while I'm in that window, but as soon as I close it and reopen it, that window is backwards again.

Resetting all does nothing. Any other suggestions?
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Hi macbrother...

Right click inside an open folder, point to "Arrange Icons" and choose by Name

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Edited by wannabe1, 12 September 2005 - 10:53 PM.

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I tried what wannabe1 suggested, but I still have the problem.

Unless anyone else has a suggestion, I guess I will just wipe out the Harddrive and reinstall windows.
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before reinstalling windows retry the suggestions one more time.

you might try this sequence too:

right click Start
left click Explore
select a folder
left click Name until the order is how you want it
left click Tools
left click Folder Options
left click View
left click Like Current Folder
left click Yes

right click Start
left click Explore
select a folder
post results

Edited by bdlt, 24 September 2005 - 10:18 AM.

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when I first posted, I thought it was an XP - the sequence works there. After editing for "Like Current folder" I tried the steps on a Win98 PC - it did not work.

please don't reinstall windows until we figure this out.
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it looks like our win98 PCs have the same problem. I tried another win98 PC - it works fine.

interesting note - may or may not be relevant: on one of the unsuccessful tries an error occurred with a folder whose shortcut had been removed from the desktop a few weeks ago.

another note: the settings are also not applied to all folders when the files are sorted by size or date. the settings are applied when the view is a web page.

will keep you posted ...
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here's something to try:

View>List>
View>Folder Options>View>Like Current Folder>Yes

View>Details
View>Folder Options>View>Like Current Folder>Yes

EDIT - is the following checked?
Remember each folder's view settings

Edited by bdlt, 24 September 2005 - 12:36 PM.

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If you click "By name" or "By date" twice the order will be reversed. So just try clicking what order it is by twice, to get it back.
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I found this


Open Windows Explorer and then click the C: drive in the left pane. Next click 'View'
from the Toolbar and then click 'Details' in the menu. Next in the right pane, click
the 'Name' tab at the top of the name listings. This will arrange the list by 'Name'.
Try this several times to be sure the order listing reverses. When you have the order
list set A-Z, hold the 'CTRL' key and click the 'X' in the upper right corner of
Explorer to close it. Now release the 'CTRL' key and reboot your system. Be very
sure to hold the 'CTRL' key down until explorer has closed!


on this page
http://www.baycongro...ows_98_tips.htm
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You did it!

I finally had a minute to try your last suggestion. It worked. Pressing CTRL while closing the explorer window made my changes keep.

You are good. I spent many months trying to figure it out. I probably have 40 hours or more on the problem.

I take my hat off to you.

Again, thanks for your help.
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congrats and you're welcome. it worked on my win98 PC too!
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macbrother,

see the link below to donate to GTG:
http://www.geekstogo...-Site-t132.html

thank you for supporting GTG,

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