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Arrange icons won't stay alphabetized.

When viewing files in any of my folders, they are always getting sorted by file size in ascending order.
When i right click and choose to sort alphabetically, they resort...but then when I go back to the folder..they're sorted by file size again.
Normally there is a small dot next to  your choice of sorting method. I am missing that dot.
Also...the auto arrange feature is greyed out.

I'm using Windows 98...IE 6.0
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pleasenospamCommented:
Build a new shortcut on your DESKTOP with this in the command line:

C:\WINDOWS\CONTROL.EXE

Set it to run maximized and call it CONTROL PANEL.

Go to...

CONTROL PANEL -- VIEW -- FOLDER OPTIONS -- VIEW

... where you can set same options for all folders on your computer.

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pleasenospamCommented:
Also on the Control Panel you can highlight the IE entry in the ADD/REMOVE icon.
For Internet Explorer there is a repair option available when you click on ADD/REMOVE.
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pleasenospamCommented:
I haven't thought it through, but maybe you have a custom setup using FOLDER.HTT
which can be changed or deleted.  On my system I have deleted it.  There is
more useful information here, including comments about FOLDER.HTT which is
normally used to set the Window to look like a Web page:

http://www.info.trisaia.enea.it/ftp/documentazione/win98tcr/exploring/5.htm

If none of my comments here help you solve the problem, do get back to me and we
will consider the possibility that something in the Registry is causing the
problem, or there is a virus involved.
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oobakaAuthor Commented:
pleasenospam
Thanks for your attempts...
I had already tried what you suggested without success.

Any more ideas?
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Asta CuCommented:
Only desktop items, or all?  These may shed some light:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q229070

For example, files may be listed before folders, items may be sorted in descending order, and so on.
Cause
This behavior can occur if the ShellState value in the registry has been changed or is incorrect.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q233526
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sorgieCommented:
try going to windows explorer open the tools menu/folder options, click the view tab and make sure the "remember each floders' view settings" is checked.
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sorgieCommented:
that should read "each FOLDERS"
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oobakaAuthor Commented:
That did the trick. Thanks Astaec.
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Asta CuCommented:
Great news, gobaka, thank you.  Hopefully the next time we meet, I can provide you A level results.  Thank you for letting us know the problem was resolved.
":0) Asta
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Asta CuCommented:
I can't type today, sorry, meant thank you oobaka.
":0) Asta
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oobakaAuthor Commented:
Astaec
The only reason I gave you a B was that you provided a link that would help instead of telling me what to do yourself *L*
I did increase the points though.
Thanks again.
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Asta CuCommented:
Thank you, oobaka, I understand; thank you for clarifying this for me.

I guess it gets down to personal preferences, I spend a lot of time troubleshooting our own roadblocks, and always prefer to cite the specific links that lead me through the process; rather than rekeying data that already exists.  I appreciate your taking the time to let me know and do appreciate the opportunity to have been of help to you.  The "B" is great, and I'm pleased.

":0) Asta
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