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How to arrange and order files in Windows 7

Get around Windows 7's auto-arrange feature

QUESTION I have transferred a large number of slides on to my new Windows 7 laptop. In XP, I was able to sort them into a logical order in several different folders by dragging-and-dropping photos into their required position. Windows 7 seems to want to auto-arrange them. How can I continue to arrange them as I wish? I don't feel comfortable tweaking the Registry, as some forums have recommended. Chris Moore

HELPROOM ANSWER You're right, Chris. Microsoft has removed the option to arrange things as you describe in Windows 7. If you need a program that will let you arrange and view your pictures as you choose, then keep them that way, we'd recommend Picasa or Windows Live Photo Gallery - part of the free Windows Live Essentials 2011.

Should you feel adventurous, however, see this forum posting for a guide on how to disable Windows 7's auto-arrange feature. In the long term, you would be better off saving the files in a logical order by name – it could be a big job but, once it's done, you'll be able to show, search and arrange your files over and over again without doing so manually.

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