Outlook Express Attachments sort order

Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
When I attach files in an email, they get sorted alphabetically BUT from the last letter to the first!!! That is they go as 3xxx1.jpg 2xxx2.jpg 1xxx3.jpg instead of the opposite. This is very annoying when I want to sent photos that I want them to appear on the preview panel in order, as outlook express does not show their filenames under the preview. Any ideas-patches?
PS. in MS Outlook the attachments stay in order they are attached. No sorting.
Question by:kaasasdsadg
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    Can you describe the proceedure you are using for attaching files?  

    I am just dragging and dropping files into the new message, and from a quick experiment on my side, it appears that any file attached automatically is top of the list, and every other attachment moves down one space when a new attachment is added.  

    I don't see any correlation with the order and the name of the file, it only appears to involve the order I add them.

    Author Comment

    What you said, is for MS Outlook, not the Outlook express. In my outlook express, whether i drag n'drop or just from the menu, the files get sorted automaticaly with a reverse alphabetical order..
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    OK, in my outlook express I opened a new message and dragged and dropped 4 gif files in this order (purposely non-alphabetical order):


    In the email I am creating, in the "Attach" box in the header, I see them in this order (reverse of order added):


    This is the same order I see them as in the "Attach" box if I open the message from the SENT ITEMS folder on the sending machine, and also the same order I see in the "attach" box if I open the message on the receiving machine.

    If, rather than opening the message in a seperate window and looking at the "attach" box, I instead click the PaperClip icon on the Preview Pane (whether in SENT ITEMS on the sending machine or on the incoming email on the receiving machine) I see them in this order (order in which they were added to the message):


    So, there is no rearrangement occurring because of file name at all in this scenario, the attach box shows the reverse order that they were entered (ie first last) and the paperclip shows them in the order they were added (ie first first).

    Can you provide me details of where, exactly you see the reordering occur and where your scenario differs from mine?  For example, does the last item dragged into the message not appear first in the "attach" box list, but instead appears in reverse alphabetical order (in the attach box) as soon as it is dropped into the unsent message?  Or is it only in the paper clip list that the order changes?  Or what?

    Do you have any anti-virus software that is scanning attachments before they are sent by Outlook Express?  If so can you disable that temporarily?

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