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Start->Programs not alphabetic

Posted on 2000-04-22
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Now every time I install a new program, it appears at the end of the Start->Programs list, not inserted in alphabetic order.  e.g.

Accessories >
Acrobat >
...
Winzip >
MSDos Prompt
...
Windows Explorer
(The following should appear above, but are appended to the end of the menu)
Easy Bridge >
Microsoft Personal Web Server >
...
Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 >


Why is this happening?
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Question by:Erick37
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by:dog42
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It's a new feature of win98.  You can drag shortcuts around on the start menu and even move them to the desktop or a folder.  This means that the shortcuts don't have to be in order and you can put them wherever you want.  
  You can also now right-click on the startmenu.  When the programs menu comes up, right-click on any shortcut and you will be given a menu of options.  Using this you can delete folders or shortcuts, or rename them or copy them.  The second last option will be 'Sort by Name'.  Click on that and the shortcuts will organised alphabetically.  

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by:cjoshuav
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There is a registry value that can be reset (but it often gets toggled off again when new programs are installed.

Personally, I've found that the easiest resolution is to simply right-click in the appropriate Start menu and select "Sort by Name."

Let me know if you want the registry solution.

Joshua

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by:Asta Cu
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Although there is an inherent hierarchy in the Program menu sort order, after implementing changes, a right click and Sort By Name selection on any item on the Programs menu listing will resort for you.  The normal order then is alphabetical by folder, then within next subset.

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by:Asta Cu
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Sorry folks, when I began my comment, no prior entry in my recommendation's regard.  Answered phone in the process of keying and after submitting found this prior entry.

:0)

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by:Erick37
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Thanks, I am able to drag the menu items in alpha order manually by dragging, as dog42 has pointed out.  However, there is no "Sort by Name" option in the popup menu.  How come?  I want Windows to sort them for me, without having to manually sort.
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by:dog42
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Make sure you are right-clicking on the right part.  Not on the start button itself, but on a shortcut in the programs menu.  The sort by name option should be second last, above a properties option.
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by:dog42
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To give us a better idea, what are the options on the menu you are getting?
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by:Erick37
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Right, this is what I see in the popup for the Explorer menu item:

Open
Add to Zip
----
Send To >
----
Cut
Copy
---
Create Shortcut
Delete
----
Properties
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by:dog42
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That is very strange my options are

Open
Add to Zip
----
Send To > 
----
Cut
Copy
---
Create Shortcut
Delete
Rename
----
Sort by Name
Properties

All the options are the same, except I have rename and sort by name.  
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by:Erick37
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dog42 earned 75 total points
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Sort by name is only an option with IE5 or win98 SE.  Sorry, I just realised.  If you can;t install IE5, try doing the registry thing:

To restore the default sort order use Registry Editor to delete the binary value "Order" from the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\MenuOrder\Favorites\Menu

That should automatically restore alphabetical order


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by:dog42
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Sorry Erick, I must have found that doc at exacty the same time as you.
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by:Erick37
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Thanks, The keywords were "Sort by Order."
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by:Asta Cu
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Glad all is well; though baffled by the statement that this function only exists in W98SE and IE5, I've been using it for years with prior verisons.  Curious why this info. differs.

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qEmailFriend.jsp?ta=visualbasic&qid=20080286

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From: Erick37  Date: 02/21/2001 06:34AM PST  
Where did this question go?  

Go into the question, and choose Email a friend. You don't even have to enter an existing email address. Something stupid like "funkychickens@kotkotkoooot.com" will do the trick.

The full question history, including your latest comments, will reappear.

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by:Erick37
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LOL, thanks.
I guess we need to hack the site until they get it together.  I was about to bitch to CS about this (again).
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