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Sorting by date in Win2000 and XP

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Hello,

Could you tell me how I can set the sorting method in XP during the file open dialog?

In Win 9x it was sort by date and newest file first. No scrolling, just fine. In W2K and XP it´s newest file last, when you have more than one page of files you have to scroll away first. I often have to find the latest version of a configuration file etc.

Any way to alter the default? I have PowerToys for XP, but there´s no mention of this feature.

Thanks for your help

S
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I assume you said that you want to sort files in Windows explorer.  Under Windows Explorer|View|Detail then click on the date or name to sort on whichever you prefer.

Hope this help

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I understand that you can sort that way. The thing is that once you're in an application, Win XP reverts back to date as you open a file within that application. IOW, within the "file open" dialog, you need to scroll way to the right in order to find the file most recently adjusted. In previoues Windows, the most recently adjusted file could be found right at the start - no scrolling needed.

My Question. How can I set the sort criterium in such a way that the most recently adjusted file will sit at the immediate beginning within the file open dialog?

Again: I'm referring to the file open dialog.

Thanks.

S
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Try right-clicking in the list of files in the file/open dialog and choosing "arrange icons by" then date. Do it again to reverse the order.

You can also choose "view/details" from the right-click menu. Then, you can click on the titles of the columns to sort.

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Troy

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Yup, I realize that too.

However, the point of it is that once sorted, next time you go to the 'file open dialog' it has reverted back to another sorting method. I have to right-click and sort by alphabet all over again. And again, and again...

Where to lock this configuration such that it STAYS set to alphabetical order?

Thanks.

S
Open your explorer and configure it the way you desire such as sort order, grid position, etc...  You could also add more grids by going to pull-down menu View | Choose details and select any details that you want them to be appear to the grid in the explorer.  Once you are done go to pull-down menu Tools | Folder Options and click "View" tab.  Under "Advanced settings:" clear "Display simple folder view in Explorer's Folders list" and scroll down and locate "Remember each folder's view settings" and make sure the selection box is checked.  Then locate "Apply to All Folders" button and click it to apply the setting globally.  Now, as far as setting your other applications such as Word or Excel, just modify the folder open view the way you like it and it should retain it the way you set it up.  Hope this works for you :).

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Well as far as Word and Excel goes you can do this. Open the dialog box now look for a botton on the top bar that has a red checkmark on it. On my bar it is the last button. Hover you mouse over the button and if the tool tip says something on the order of "Command and Settings" then click on that button. Now select "Sorting" and then play around with the settings until you hit on the one you are looking to get.


The Crazy One

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Another way is to open the Dialog and then click on the view details button and then just click on the grid header "Modifed" and if the sort order is not what you want click on it again.

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CyberNerd,

Your answer did the trick!

CrazyOne, thanks but CNerd got a real comprehensive solution in.

Cheers all.

S
I am glad it worked out for you :).

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Thanks again CNerd! Sorry for the delay, BTW. I'd like to reward the points, but do not see where I can. (Unless I already have awarded them...

Help?

S

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