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Q: Opening Files alphabetically as opposed to by date created or modified ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Opening Files alphabetically as opposed to by date created or modified
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: creative1234-ga
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Posted: 10 Mar 2004 04:06 PST
Expires: 09 Apr 2004 05:06 PDT
Question ID: 315192
How do I get the File > Open dialogue box to once again display files
in alphabetical order?

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Subject: Re: Opening Files alphabetically as opposed to by date created or modified
Answered By: joseleon-ga on 10 Mar 2004 04:30 PST
Hello, creative1234:

  This usually happens because you set the settings for all explorer
windows to show files that way and that includes Open and Save dialog
boxes, check out this other answer of mine:

Here is the solution:

-Open a directory in the File Explorer, for example C:\  
-Now, click on the Header tab, called Name, until you see the right ordering
-It's possible that the ordering it's already ok, but don't worry,
just be sure, the ordering it's what you want
-Select the Tools command from the menu and now Folder Options
-A dialog will be shown
-Select the View tab and click in the button called Apply to all folders
-Answer Yes to the question

This will save the same configuration for all windows, including Open
and Save dialogs.

This is a technical support answer, you can have different
configurations from the default one or maybe your problem must be
solved in another way, so if the solution I have posted doesn't work
for you, please, don't hesitate to request for a clarification, I will
keep on investigating until you solve this problem.


Request for Answer Clarification by creative1234-ga on 10 Mar 2004 05:30 PST

I have windows 98 - I should have mentioned the OS.

Anyways, I'm not seeing a 'header tab, called name'.

Clarification of Answer by joseleon-ga on 10 Mar 2004 11:34 PST
Hello, creative1234:

No problem, I'm going to rewrite my answer to work on Windows 98:

-Open the File Explorer and browse to your C:\ folder

-Now select the menu view and change it to details view

-You should now see a list of your files, but in columns, in which the
first column shows the name of the file, the second shows the size of
the file and the third shows the type of the file

-Each column has a header in the top, the first one is called Name,
click it several times until you see the files in the right order

-Select the View menu and then, select the Options item, like in this image:

-A dialog will be shown, select the View tab to look like this one

-Click in the button called "Like Current Folder"

-Answer Yes to the question

And all your folders will be ordered in the right way.

Please, don't hesitate to request for any clarification.


Request for Answer Clarification by creative1234-ga on 10 Mar 2004 12:10 PST
Still no luck. I tried your ( very clear ) steps then rebooted the PC.

I'm afraid I may have picked up something that modified my registry.
This literally just occured out of the blue.

Clarification of Answer by joseleon-ga on 11 Mar 2004 02:19 PST
Hello, creative1234:
  Please, try the steps again but without rebooting the computer.

-Does this happen with every application or just with a single one?

-Does this happen with all the folders in your computer or just with a single one?

-Can you update the capture on this page?

And change the format of the listing to "Details" so the columns are also shown?


Request for Answer Clarification by creative1234-ga on 11 Mar 2004 03:51 PST
Please see for revisions.

This event occurs with all applications on my computer when opening any file.

It also occurs when I perform a file > save as from an application.

Additionally it occurs when I double click on a folder to view the folder contents.

Now, if I run a program such as Cutr FTP, the files are sorted
alphabetically. Same with ThumbsPlus or any other application that
displays a list of files in the applications own window.

Essentially any time I access any folder on my computer, and the
application uses a dialogue box generated by the computer, it displays
files in date saved or modified as opposed to alphabetically.
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