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    Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    Dear IT gurus, and therefore Mystical Holders of all important computing knowledge, which makes them more powerful than any gods!

    I am looking for a magical "switch"!

    More often than not, when I am opening a file, or adding an attachment to an email, I am looking for the most recent file in a folder. When Windows (that blight inflicted upon the human race) opens it's "File Open" or "Add Attachment" window, it defaults to a limited listing of the files, normally sorted in alphabetical (or should that be, in diabolical) order. I therefore have to select "Details" listing, extend the side of the window far enough to display the date/time field, and then select that column twice! to get the listing displayed in descending chronological order, simply to get the newest file at the top! Quite simply, most bl**dy annoying!

    Is there a switch, or registry setting I can edit, to enable these windows to open in "Details" mode, with the files sorted in "most recently opened or modified" order, latest first.....

    I hope and pray, that you have the answer to this vexacious waste of time, or at least can point me to a resource where the answer may be obtained....

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    Try these two posts - <post:=581,418>post 581,418</post:> and <post:=661,623>post 661,623</post:> which may help.

    By default, my personal preference for 'temporary' files is in my c: root - attachments to the Lounge for example are always x.gif or x.jpg and by placing them in C: and overwriting the previous file, I always know exactly what and where they are. By sorting on date, the newly created file is also always at the top of the list - until I do a reboot when I have to switch from 'My Documents' then click on the 'Date modified' column...

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    That second thread that Leif showed mentioned Cottonwood Software: File-Ex and I bought a copy at the time and have been very satisfied with its options. However, be aware that the program is NOT Vista compatible!

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    Here are a few <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> possibilities. I haven't tried them, so can't comment one way or t'other.

    OpenWide - by Lingo
    DM2
    ElmüSoft Download - scroll down to FileOpenPatcher.

    Alan

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    Thanks Gentlemen. I've downloaded the FileOpenPatcher, and the FileEx3 program, will give them a try and see what eventuates. Unfortunately, I can't just overwrite the previous file, as It's primarily the day's survey data that I'm emailing and it must follow certain file-naming conventions, and I also need to sequentially archive it as well... So, we'll see how we go.

    Cheers
    Bob

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    Well guys, FileOpenPatcher seems to work OK, files are listed in a larger window with name, size and date columns (which is great), in alphabetical order but it doesn't appear to "remember" if it's changed to descending chronological order (not so great, but I can live with that).

    Thanks for your advice and assistance

    Bob

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    You may be stuck with the file naming convention you're given, but one answer would be to use a file-naming convention that means alphabetical order is also date order. So if you called your files something like 2008-07-22 Survey data.xls they would be in the right order.

    Ian

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    Re: Default sort order in 'File, Open'

    You might want to backtrack a bit and try my offering. It does remember.

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