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Explorer Rearranges My Icons No Matter What I Do

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#1 coren


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Posted 19 August 2008 - 05:57 PM

I'm running XP Home. I do a lot of work on my computer that makes it the most convenient for me to have my icons in an order that I specifically create, one which doesn't adhere to "Date Modified", "Name" etc.

That being said, I cannot convince Windows/Explorer to leave my bleeping icons alone when I exit a folder. No matter if Auto Arrange is checked or unchecked, they still end up sorted by name (unless, and this is the only exception I have found to date, I choose Date Modified. In which case I get the annoying information about when the file was modified, which doesn't really suit my purposes either (Of course, if there were a way to sort by Date Modified without the line of information about when a file was modified, that'd be just perfect)).

The most irritating thing? Some folders don't do this! Some work jsut fine and stay in whatever order I put them in, no matter what.

What I've tried:

Disabling Auto Arrange Icons or having it enabled
Disabling Align to Grid or having it enabled (in every combination possible with Auto Arrange)
Going into a folder that does exactly what I want and via the Tools>Folder Options telling all folders to use these settings
Increasing the value of BagMRU Size in HCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Policies\Shell and ShellNoRoam to a value well above 400 (I believe I have 50,000 as of right now)

Any suggestions? Is the problem clear enough?

Oh, one more point, this doesn't have to do with my desktop icons - when I was trying to find the solution to this problem on my own I can't tell you how many irrelevant pages about fixing desktop icons and programs to remember desktop icons I came across.

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