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    File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    I have run across an interesting bit of difference in behavior between Word 2000 and Word 2003. In Word 2000, when I go to open a file, the folders are always at the top of the list. Even if I change the sort order (whether it is alphabetic by name or type, or by date), folders always come first. In Word 2003, this appears to be different. If I change the sort order from Ascending to Descending, the folders will go the end of the list. If I then reverse the sort direction, they will move to the top of the list. But it is no longer so that the folders are first sorted, and then the files that are in the same directory. Is there a way to restore the behavior of Word 2000? It's very handy to always have the folders first, sorted by most recently used (thus by date), and then the individual files, also sorted by date.

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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    I don't think you can change this behavior.

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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    Google agrees...

    I can't find any reference to this in google!
    Regards,
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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    Thanks for the help, gentlemen. Is there any way I can bump this one up to Microsoft and see what the guru's there have to say?

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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    You can post a question, suggestion or comment in Word General Questions (you need a .NET Passport)
    Or you can send a mail to mswish@microsoft.com. Include the name of the application (Word) in the subject, and state your request clearly, with an explanation why you think it is useful.

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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    Well, one of our users who has Word 2003, can only sort his files with the files first and folders last. And the folders always appear in descending alpha order (z-a). It's most annoying. He wants to sort alpha A-Z, but it just won't do it. I can look at his file lists on my computer, with the same version of Word, and I can arrange them A-Z and the folders stay at the top of the list always.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    How bizarre! Let him try Phil Rabichow's <!post=Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in Word (97/2000),197827>Systematic Approach to Behavioral Problems in Word (97/2000)<!/post>.

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    Re: File Open - Sort Order (Word 2000 versus Word 2003)

    Yep. My next step before re-installing. THanks!

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