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How to permanantly turn off -Group By- in File Explorer?

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Hello, I am looking for a lasting way to turn off Grouping behavior in windows file explorer.  I have tried setting to Group By -> (none) and telling it to remember for all folders.  This works except occasionally when I click to order the files by name or another attribute it randomly turns it back on.  I work in the details view and I don't need this so-called helpful feature.

Any registry settings that would kill this thing (desirable solution)?  Aftermarket program (not so desirable)?
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I don't think there is a way to specifically turn off the group by option.  I googled for several things in trying to answer this question, and found a few other people like yourself who wanted to turn it off, but could find nothing helpful.  Occasionally, I myself find the Group By option turned on by itself for some unknown reason, too.  I was also troubled by not being able to force all my Windows Explorer panes to display in Details view.  It seems that Vista automatically turns on other views based upon the contents of the folder you're displaying (the feature is called automatic folder type discovery.)  However, I found this CAN be turned off with a registry tweak.  I did it several days ago, now find that all my Explorer windows use Details view, and so far I have had no problems with the Group by option showing up every once in a while for some unknown reason.  I suggest you go to this page and perform its actions and see if it solves your problem:

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/70819-windows-explorer-folder-view-settings.html

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by:BossTurbo
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Did the "Disable Automatic Folder Type Discovery for Templates" section, I'll be sure to report back if it worked!
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BossTurbo, ever since doing the registry tweak I outlined above, I haven't been bothered by any spurious "group by" appearances in Windows Explorer, and my Explorer windows consistently come out the way I like them:  details mode?   How about you?  You said you would report back...
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Appears to have fixed it. Thanks.
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