Can't alphabetize programs list even though I use "sort by name"

Posted on 2006-05-05
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
When my Programs list loses its sense of alphabetization, I right click all the offending entries and then click on "sort by name". So it acts like a good little XP and sorts the entry correctly.

But the best I can get it to do, is to sort about half the list properly. The other half is also sorted properly, BUT it is appended on to the end of the first part. So, within my list of programs, it goes from A to Z, and then starts over again from A to Z. I searched EE and found nothing about it, so the fix is probably right in front of me but I can't find it. What do I do?
Question by:petemetzger
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    Accepted Solution

    Here's an article for you:

    Basically, it's a matter of a registry deletion:
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder contains the sort order of the Favorites menu and Start menu.  (Deleting this key will allow a resort of both start menu and favorites.)

    For the start menu (without effecting Favorites):
    If you delete the key(s): HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder\Start Menu and/or
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder\Start Menu2 (if the key exists), after rebooting, this will allow you to reorder using 'sort by name' without appending a second list.

    However, your folders will all appear first, then the if you have folders as well as programs in your start menu, you still won't have an exact alphabetization without appendage.

    Author Comment

    Didn't I say the fix was right in front of my nose? Well, it was/is. And I didn't have to go into the dreaded Registry either. My two sets of alphabetically arranged entries do indeed differ from one another. And sure enough, when I looked I foundf that when clicking "All Programs", one list contains Folders only and the second list contains only shortcuts. So there wasn't even anythihg wrong in the first place. Thanks for pointing that out to me. Thanks. You get the 500 points.
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    Expert Comment

    LOL..Glad to help..and thanks for the points!

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