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    Order of items in Explorer treeview (XP Pro SP2)

    What controls the order of items in Explorer's treeview? On my office computer, it's:
    Desktop
    - My Documents
    - My Computer
    - etc

    while on my notebook, it's:
    Desktop
    - My Computer
    - My Documents
    - etc

    I would prefer to have My Documents as the top item in both cases. Any idea how I can make them both the same?
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    Re: Order of items in Explorer treeview (XP Pro SP

    It's controlled by (as almost everything?) a setting in the registry.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}

    The value name: SortOrderIndex, data type: REG_DWORD, then two different value data for either My documents or My computer.

    BUT, rather than modifying the registry by hand I recommend using MS Powertoy "Tweak UI", version 2.10 for Windows XP SP1 and above.

    Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

    This is called First Icon on Desktop in Tweak UI. In left hand pane double-click Desktop, choose First Icon, and select My documents or My computer. Very simple. It is per-system setting and you must have permission to alter My computer settings. I use Tweak UI and this setting, but in my case I like the other sort order

    I don't know if, for instance, some corporations do change this setting.

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    Re: Order of items in Explorer treeview (XP Pro SP

    Too easy! I should have thought about TweakUI.

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