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Vista64 Home Premium - Disable Auto-Arrange (greyed out) - HELP PLS!!!

Unable to disable Auto Arrange in Vista 64 Home Premium. Getting really tired of MS deciding what's best for me. Will someone please help???!!!

Unable to change from the file menu, it is grayed out:

From Explorer>View>Auto Arrange
Auto-Arrange is grayed out along with hide file names and align to grid. What I'm trying to change is the IDIOTIC GROUPING. I go to my user and items are grouped:
1. Today
2. Earlier This Month
3. Earlier This Year
4. A Long Time Ago

 - I've tried to run from the Explorer icon as administrator and no go.
 - I need my Explorer view with details (file name, files size, file ext) and I need the stupid OS to remember my decisions!!! Ugh!!!

Come on Microsoft, really!!!!???? This is putting me over the edge!!!!

OK now for my RANT......Hope nobody minds!!!
Why does MS insist on #$%^& with your experienced users!!!!???? I am seriously considering Linux. 15 years of MS and I think learning a completely different OS would be less painful than to deal with the idiocy with a that seems to exist in an organization that completely alienates it's experienced base. The RIBBON!!! Are you kidding!!! I've already downgraded Office!!!! Honestly, if you don't want to or don't have the ability to THINK, then maybe one should use an Apple but I personally take issue with that!

OK.....sorry, had to get it out of my system. I hope this doesn't upset the moderator

So in closing, can someone please help? Purchasing an add-on/plug-in is not an acceptable solution for me. Needing to make in depth changes to the registry, not really acceptable either. The option to Un-Check Auto Arrange should exist or Auto Arrange shouldn't be in the View Menu.

PLEASE!!!!
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
From this web page, posted by Rick Rogers:

http://help.wugnet.com/vista/Vista-annoying-feature-ftopict106700.html

quote:

Autoarrange is only available when you are using an icon view setting. List
or Details will not have it as an option.

It can be applied to both Explorer and the Desktop, but you must be using an
icon view settings.
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dsabineAuthor Commented:
LeeTutor's answer, appears to me to be 100% incorrect. I say it APPEARS because maybe I'm missing something but please see my attached image showing information in Explorer AUTO ARRANGED and GROUPED.

The answer that was provided was the same useless information that I found, apparently the same way that LeeTutor did by Googling it. I came to same the page and found nothing of use.

I thought as an expert on EE one was supposed to provide and answer within the confines of EE and not send users to other websites or down the Google path. Maybe I misunderstood how EE is supposed to work, my bad!

what I specifically stated, was that:

"From Explorer>View>Auto Arrange
Auto-Arrange is grayed out along with hide file names and align to grid. What I'm trying to change is the IDIOTIC GROUPING. I go to my user and items are grouped:
1. Today
2. Earlier This Month
3. Earlier This Year
4. A Long Time Ago

THIS IS GROUPING by Microsoft's own definition. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED IMAGE verifying that in fact, DETAILS is the selected View Option and yet, you do still have GROUPING (or an auto arrangement of Microsoft's choosing).


Experts--hah--Exchange---Groupin.jpg
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Auto Arrange doesn't even make sense except for icon view, and the same for align to grid, so that is why they are greyed out.  And also Hide file names doesn't make sense in details view and so it is greyed out for the same reason.  Auto Arrange is not a special case of grouping.  Maybe you have a misunderstood on the meaning of Auto Arrange.  See this page:

http://www.freeemailtutorials.com/microsoftWindows/autoArrangeIconsOnTheDesktop.php

quote:

What is Auto Arrange?
Although your desktop is just a special folder, its behavior is completely different when you see icons on the desktop (when all your windows are minimized).

 If the Auto Arrange feature is enabled for your desktop in Windows XP, icons will be automatically arranged from top left to bottom right, following the invisible grid that aligns icon.

If you try to move an icon away, you will be able to change the order in which the icons are displayed on the desktop, but not the consecutive line up in which they are arranged.

Desktop icons are basically "snapping" to the nearest available spot on an invisible grid.

This allows you to keep your icons in order, and avoid having icons shown outside the viewable area of the desktop (which can happen when you change your screen resolution).



From your screenshot it looks like you have the Group By option set on Date Modified.  If you click on View -> Group By -> you will undoubtedly see dots next to Date Modified and Ascending.  All you have to do to get rid of this grouping by Date Modified is select Group By (none) instead.


And now for my reply to this comment of yours:

>I thought as an expert on EE one was supposed to provide and answer within the confines of EE and not send users to other websites or down the Google path.

Google is often a good way of searching out answers to questions, though obviously not every web page contains completely accurate information.  (You obviously agree with the usefulness of using google, else why did you use it yourself?)  The best answers, in my opinion, are those that are documented rather than just stated without any supporting evidence, or quoted directly from a web page without attributing the quotation to the source (which is illegal in this forum since it violates copyright law.)
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B HCommented:
dsabine:  in your picture, you want the grouping to go away, right?  i hate it too.  here's how:
click VIEW then GROUP BY then MORE...  and uncheck everything.

now, you can apply this to ALL folders if you want, like this (after you do above):
tools > folder options > VIEW (tab), click APPLY TO ALL FOLDERS

"auto arrange" is greyed out because you're looking at DETAILS and not ICONS.  it can't auto arrange DETAILS because details is a LIST.
(auto arrange is NOT the same as GROUPING)

you can't "hide file names" in DETAILS view either, but you can remove the NAME column if you want - it would be useless to do that though.

"auto arrange" and "hide file names" are really only for the desktop icons itself and not the explorer view inside folders.

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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
dsabine, any more feedback?
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