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    Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    Is there a way to force/coerce/cajole Windows Explorer into defaulting to date-last-modified sequence whenever a folder is displayed?

    Even if it's a registry hack, I'd find it useful.

    I regularly work from Explorer, navigating to an appropriate folder, then I click on the "Modified" heading to sort the files in sequence latest-modified to the top, but I can't find (in Explorer) any sort of setting or switch that would cause folders to open in this sequence by default.

    I already load Explorer with various configurations, so adding an extra switch wouldn't be a problem (for me):
    <pre> C:WINDOWSEXPLORER.EXE /n,/e,c:BLOTTER </pre>


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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    <hr>...then I click on the "Modified" heading to sort the files in sequence latest-modified to the top... <hr>
    And once you do this, do they not STAY that way the next time you open that folder? I would have thought that if you open Folder Options and choose to use that sequence for ALL folders that it would stick. No? (I don't have a Win98 machine to check with anymore.)

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    Hi Chris:
    Al's way should work for you, for awhile. Open an Explorer window & set it the way you want. Then, 2 ways:
    1. Hold down the Ctrl button & click the X in the right hand corner of the window. All new folders should then default to that view.
    2. View/Folder Options/View tab/like current folder.

    Every so often, all my views revert to Large icon & sorted by name, especially after a Windows or IE critical update. I think MS sets everything back to a default. Ocassionally, I crash & lose the settings also. So I don't think there's a permanent solution. Lastly, Windows 98 remembers the settings on a certain number of folders (like the last 200, I'm not sure). You can increase that by going to My Computer/Properties/Performance tab/File system button/Hard disk tab & change the dropdown of Typical role of this computer to Network Server.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    Do you have "Remember each folder's View settings" checked in Tools, Folder Options, and then the View tab?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    > for ALL folders that it would stick. No?

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. I've tried it that way many times before, and it's never seemed to work.

    I followed your suggestions last night, and it still didn't work.

    I got up this morning and it had "stuck".

    My guess is that the "ALL Folders" thing neds a re-boot to be effective. That doesn't explain why It had not "stuck" in the past, but I'm glad that it has now.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    Thanks to you too, Phil. Please see my reply to Al.

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    NO, but please see my earlier responses, and thanks for the heads-up!

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    Not sure about WIN 98, in WIN XP the number of folder customizations that are "remembered" by Windows Explorer is saved in Registry under the HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsShellNoRo am key, value name "Bag MRU Size" which is set to 400 by default in XP. You can adjust this setting "manually" using REGEDIT or using tool like TweakUI. I don't have WIN 98 system available so can't confirm if same Registry setting used for WIN 98 folder settings.

    HTH

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    Hi Mark:
    I looked under that key & couldn't find a Bag MRU...only a sub key of MUICache. Per <!mskb=171002>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 171002<!/mskb>, Win 98 (including SE) saves only 28 MRU folder settings & they are contained in

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerStreams

    with the order defined in

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionExplorerStreamMRU

    I couldn't find an article saying how to increase that amount, but I know it exists. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    P.S. I just counted mine & have 0-199 = 200 streams.

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    Re: Explorer - Default Sort Sequence

    A follow-up: After about two weeks of running with Windows Explorer in date-last-modified sequence:

    1) It is working just fine in Explorer. In any folder, my most-recently modified files appear at the top of the list, making it easy for me to double-click and get to work.

    2) It is a bit of a pain in SOME dialogue boxes. I've not kept track, but some dialogs (of the File, Open type) show folders in what appears to be date-last-modified sequence. This is good if I want to navigate to the latest folder, but is a pain when I'm looking for something alpahbetically. Some dialogues (browsing for a file to change an icon on a desktop shortcut) revert to alphabetic, which turns out to be what I want for folders.

    If I were asked to design Windows (ulp!), I'd allow for files to be sorted in one sequence, folders in another, and I'd strive for consistency amongst dialogue boxes. At least let me set Tools, Options in an application to state that I want my chosen sequence, or to default to alphabetic.

    Now, this is not a big deal, and I'm not REALLY complaining, just a heads-up that each application seems to decide whether or not to list folders alphabetically; I wouldn't have noticed this at all if i hadn't followed the tips here and finally got my folders to display in reverse-date sequence.

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