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How to show My Computer lists  alphabetically in columns, not rows

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Why is it that Microsoft began to show the lists of files and folders in My Computer and elsewhere in rows and not columns?  The natural way of searching for data is down one column and then the next. How can I set my Windows 7 to show the lists alphabetically, such as in Control Panel, by columns?
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if  Windows Explorer default view and order of a folder’s files is not satisfactory enough for you, there is a way to change it.

For example, let’s say you need to have your files by default ordered by type and viewed as a list – not as large icons, nor in detailed view, etc, and not just by name, but first sorted by type and then by name.

Make sure you have only one Explorer window open. Right click on an empty space of a folder and select “View – List”, then right click again and select “Sort by – Type” (if you don’t see the “Type” option, click on “More…” at the end of Sort Options and in the list that appears find the “Type” option and bring it to the top of the list.)

Press the alt key to release the top menu of Explorer, and go to “Tools – Folder Options”. Go to the second tab (“View”) of the dialogue box that appears, and press the “Apply to Folders” button. You will be asked to confirm; do it.

Close the window by pressing the Ctrl key and (with this key pressed) clicking the x button at the right top of Windows Explorer. You may need to repeat this for each folder type, since Windows keeps different default options according to folder types (image folders, document folders, etc). After a while you will need to repeat the first and the third step, since Windows will revert to its default sorting options after you have opened some (thousands of) times the Windows Explorer.

I hope That Answers your Question
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Dash
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ALFA007:  Thank you for the answer. It worked well for Explorer; that is what I was looking for.

However, How can I do the same thing for the items in Control Panel. I would like the lists to be where I look in the first column, then the second, etc.
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This tutorial will show you how to change the You Can Change the default Control Panel view to the All Item Classic View in Windows 7.
Click Start >> Click Control Panel.

To open the Control Panel Classic View, select the View by option at the top right of the Control Panel. Set it to Large icons or Small icons.

To Return to the default Control Panel view, simply set it back to Category under the View by option.

Re-opening the Control Panel will also bring it back to the All Items View
i hope this will solve your problem
Cheers
Dash
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ALFA007: Your tutorial did not help.  What I want is to show Control Panel, whether large icons or small icons in a columnar format.  Let the list go alphabetically down the first column and then down the nest one.  Read down, not across.
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Hi,
Windows 7 gives you three different views for looking at your computer’s Control Panel:

 To switch views, as I have explained before, click the View By drop-down button (labeled Category by default) in the upper-right corner of the Control Panel and then choose one of the views from the button’s drop-down men.

Category view

By default, the Control Panel is displayed in Category view, which is separated into eight categories, ranging from System and Security to Ease of Access.

 To open a window with the Control Panel options for any one of these categories, simply click the category’s hyperlink.

The Control Panel’s other two views are Large Icons view and Small Icons view.

 When the Control Panel is in one of the icon views, Windows displays an alphabetical listing of the more than 50 Control Panel programs on your system, ranging from Action Center to Windows Update.

To view (and possibly change) the settings for a particular Control Panel option in one of the icon view modes, you need to double-click the Control Panel program icon.

I hope That Explains and satisfy your request

Cheers
Dash
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ALFA007: I think the point is being missed here.  Whether in Large icon or Small icon view the list is thusly:

A B C D E
F G H I J K
L M N O P
Q R S T U

What I desire is a columnar format:

A E I M Q
B F J N R
C G K O S
D H L P T
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Hi.

I understand clearly what you saying , I am not missing your point.

 Unfortunately, there is no way to tell the control panel to use List View, which is what you seem to want. (Only List View, Details View and Content View is top to bottom).

i understand the left to right ordering in the W7 Control Panel is excruciatingly annoying.

So, I put together a folder of shortcuts of W7 CP items, which can in fact be ordered any way one likes, since it's just an ordinary folder. I set the "Comment" fields of the shortcuts to match the roll-over text of the actual Control Panel items, so when the folder Comment column is enabled, the list of shortcuts look a lot like the XP/Vista CP details view.

Just Download the Folder and use it instead of W7 Control Panel
http://www.4shared.com/file/TAzhs1xE/W7ListViewControlPanel.html

I hope That Fixes it
Cheers
Dash
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ALFA007: Thank you for the link. However, rather than a download for a Control Panel View I get a program, iLivid, for downloading video files.  Let me lose this question giving credit for your excellent answer for ordering the files in My Computer. I'll create another question where I can pursue the Control Panel Issue.
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Thank you

Please let us Know if any help is required further.

Cheers
Dash
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