Windows 7 How to Change the Sort Order for Numbers in File and Folder Names

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  1. Haral

    Haral New Member

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    In XP and Vista it was possible to change the sorting order for numbers in file and folder names, by defining NoStrCmpLogical=1 in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    (ref http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827)

    When I do this in Windows 7 RC (64 bits) nothing happens. Do you have a clue? Has this nice feature been removed?

    If you know how to change the sorting please let me know.

    Regards
    Harald
     
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    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Hello harald,

    Try this for sorting order:

    1.test.txt
    2.addservices to my computer.reg.
    3.my.doc
     
  3. Haral

    Haral New Member

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    Hi

    Thanks for responding. Sorry, I did not get your point. Did you think I should create those files, or was it a reference to other files with more information? (can’s see any links)

    Regards Harald
     
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    Sorry,,

    No, it was simply an example.

    that's how I arrange my favorites in IE
     
  5. Haral

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    Then I have to explain the full story J

    In Windows 2000 file names was sorted as

    11.txt
    5.txt
    88.txt

    In Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 the default sorting is
    5.txt
    11.txt
    88.txt

    I have named a lot of pictures as “YYYY.MM.DD. – Subject”. Sometime I name a file “YYYY – Subject” (depending on how much information I have about the date). If I don’t know the year I name it “YYYx – Subject” (YYYx means the last digit is unknown – ex “196x – Subject” if the picture is from the period 1960-1969). The problem is the new Win7 sorting which list files named 196x before 1900 (as Win7 think I want it sorted as number 196 and not as ASCII strings). Hopefully this is more understandable.

    In Vista / XP and Windows Server 2003 the “Windows 2000 sorting” (which I want) can be activated by a registry setting.

    My question was if somebody knows how to do this in Win7 RC (64 bit). I have tried the registry hack for Vista, but no success.

    Any solution is welcome….
     
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  6. reghakr

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    This is probably not what you're looking for, but I have an old version of ACDSEE that allows you to add comments to pictures.

    There is a also a tool tip extension that shows the EXIF data inside the graphic.

    I'll have to look that program up.

    Could you post the registry hack so i could look it over?
     
  7. Haral

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    Hi and thanks again

    The registry hack for XP/Vista is listed in the first posting.

     
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    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Sorry

    Read it previously. I think I'm getting early Alzheimer's

    Did you try both the 1 and 0 settings and restart your computer after making the changes?
     
  9. Haral

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    Sorry to bother you – but I have found the solution. I had not tested enough.

    In XP I used this REG file:

    REGEDIT4

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\List Order]
    "Type"="checkbox"
    "Text"="Sort file lists as text instead of number values"
    "ValueName"="NoStrCmpLogical"
    "CheckedValue"=dword:00000001
    "UncheckedValue"=dword:00000000
    "DefaultValue"=dword:00000000
    "RegPath"="Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\Explorer"
    "HKeyRoot"=dword:80000001

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
    "NoStrCmpLogical"=dword:00000000

    In XP this reg file creates a checkbox where the “sorting optionâ€Â￾ can be switched on/off (in “Tools | Folder Options | Viewâ€Â￾). This work grate and it did exactly what I wanted.
    When I used the Reg-file on Win7 RC, nothing happened. I can select (Tick on/off) but nothing happens as in XP. Then I conclude wrong that the "NoStrCmpLogical" setting did not work in Win 7 RC.

    The problem is that the “switchingâ€Â￾ system does not work in Win7. But when I set the registry value, Win7 / Explorer work exactly as wanted.

    Sorry to bother you about this – but I have learned even more……
     
  10. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    Haral,

    Just something to keep in mind when posting registry scripts.

    For some reason, the forum software breaks words apart.

    In your example:

    CurrentVe rsion=CurrentVersion
    Curr entVersion=CurrentVersion

    Please let people know that or you'll get a barrage of people telling you your script does not work.:)
     

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