Order of files and folders in save as

By gbhall ยท 4 replies
Feb 20, 2009
  1. In XP pro, what controls the default order of files and folders in the pop-up selections such as 'save as' or file 'open' in most applications ?
  2. JellyBrain

    JellyBrain TS Rookie Posts: 21

    You can always change the order by right-clicking in that area and choosing the order. But, where are the defaults adjusted, i would also like to know :)
    The same about thumbnail\list\etc. view of such pop-up windows
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    in the explorer view of the folder, clicking on the column heading will sort that column Assending; click again and it will be Descending
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 2,431   +77

    Of course I know that, what I want is the default order to be settable. Also I am not talking about Windows Explorer. This is file-open or save-as.

    I am sick and tired of having to reset first the type of display to 'detail', then scroll the order of fields, to bring the one I want into view, then clicking the column header twice, because the first click gives me the inverse of the order I want. I scream.....this problem has never been addressed ever since Win95.

    I well remember complaining to a developer about this years ago, only to be told this is a MS general file-open utility and "we have no control over it's methods". Only too true.

    What is set in windows explorer seems totally unrelated to what happens in the file-open or file-save as dialogues
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    on any folder, use the Tools->Folder Options
    Click the View Tab
    Scroll the list for Remember each folder's view settings (~15th in the list)
    [x] the box​
    Click Apply at the bottom to save the settings

    If you do this for My Documents\ then you can click the Apply to All Folders
    and anytime you change a Fold View setting on ANY folder, it will be remembered.
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