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Disabling The Ability To "sort By.."


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#1 thisismydisplayname

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 07:48 PM

Is there any way I can disable the ability to right-click in places (folders, my desktop, and the start menu) and click "Sort by.."? Or any way to make it more complicated than just "Right click --> arrange icons by.."

It really makes me so mad/annoyed/irritated, and messes me up whenever somebody autosorts my icons. I like my things being sorted by when they were added to my computer. This gives me more of a "progressive addition" feeling. When somebody autosorts something, it really throws me off because I don't know the new locations of the things (even though they can be sorted by name).

I'm willing to go to any extreme to achieve this.

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Posted 28 August 2007 - 10:14 PM

From site: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip20.htm

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LOCK DESKTOP ICONS Courtesy of Jorge."In Windows 9x/NT4/2000/ME/XP/2003 you can lock down the position of your Desktop icons using a couple of files from the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit (RK) [5 KB, free, unsupported].
Place Layout.dll in %windir%\System (Win95/98/ME) or %windir%\System32 (WinNT/2000/XP/2003) and then double-click on Layout.reg.
From now on, whenever you right-click on the "Recycle Bin" or "My Computer" icons, you can see a new option: "Save [or Restore] Desktop Icon Layout".
There are several 3rd party tools that also do this, but these files are free and only 14 KB in size."


To automate Layout.* installation get Icon Restore [freeware].

Similar tool [freeware].

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Do note the problem reports that follow the description above in the site. MAKE A REGISTRY BACKUP BEFORE YOU TRY THIS.

See also: http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Shell_a...top_Keeper.html

Just because the download above is free doesn't mean that the software is free !




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