Stop "Save As" Date Grouping of Files and Folders

Mike Jacobs
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Microsoft has done it again. Buggered up the UI for no obvious reason and trivial benefit to a handful of amateur users.

In version 1903, the behaviour of the Explorer "Save As" option has changed to what some twat obviously thinks is a more useful way to access our data.
This screenshot illustrates the problem:
Explorer "Save As" v1903
I've designed my folder structure so that all my subfolders sit under the root "_FOLDERS". Up till I foolishly upgraded from 1803 to 1903 the week before Xmas, that ensured that my root was always the top entry. But as the screenshot shows, the idiotic windoze UI change now categorises entries by date groups (a la Outlook mailbox) and the more recent files I've added the further down the list the _FOLDERS will go, until it disappears.

Despite an extensive hunt I cannot find an option to disable this unwanted behaviour.

Anyone know how?
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Right-click on some white space in the right pane. Then correct your view by changing the Group By value.


yup, that'll do. The choice we need to group by is "None" which leaves things exactly as we create them.  The only snag is that, as I only run browsers inside a Sandbox, I have to repeat that fix for the first save in every browsing session but that's a mere irritant, not a show stopper. However, I'm guessing that the tweak is, or can be, stored somewhere in the Registry, which would make it permanent. Anyone got a clue about that?
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Export the user key before and after changing it, then compare the key with a diff tool of your choice.

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