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    How to Change the Windows Explorer Columns and Sort Order in Vista
    Column - Customize

    How to Change the Windows Explorer Columns and Sort Order in Vista


    information   Information
    This will show you how to add, remove, move, change the width, and change the sort order of Windows Explorer columns to how you want them.
    Note   Note

    • To apply these changes to all of the same folder type templates, see the last section of this tutorial below. External devices will not retain their folder view settings when turned off or disconnected from the computer.
    • If Vista does not remember the folder view settings you make below to the window for when it was last closed, then see: How to Reset Windows Explorer Folder View Settings to Make Vista Remember




    OPTION ONE

    How to Add or Remove a Column

    1. Click on View on the menu bar and click on Choose Details, or right click on the column bar and click on More. (See screenshots below)

    2. To Add a Column
    A) Check a column name, or click More to see more column names to check.

    B) Click on OK to apply if you clicked om More.
    3. To Remove a Column
    A) Uncheck a column name, or click More to see more column names to uncheck.

    B) Click on OK to apply if you clicked on More.
    Column - Customize-right_click_column-jpg

    Column - Customize-choose_details-jpg




    OPTION TWO

    How to Move a Column

    METHOD ONE:
    1. Click on View on the menu bar and click Choose Details, or right click on the column bar and click on More. (See screenshots above)

    2. To Move the Column to the Left
    A) Highlight a selected (checked) column name and click on Move Up.

    B) Click on OK to apply.
    3. To Move the Column to the Right
    A) Highlight a selected (checked) column name and click on Move Down.

    B) Click on OK to apply.
    METHOD TWO:
    1. Right click on a column name and hold the mouse button down. (See screenshot below)

    2. Drag the column into a column you want it to go to the left of, then let go of the mouse button to drop it.
    Column - Customize-drag_column-jpg




    OPTION THREE

    How to Change the Width of a Column

    METHOD ONE:
    1. Click on View on the Menu bar and click Choose Details, or right click on the column bar and click on More. (See screenshot below)

    2. Select a column name that you want to change the width for to highlight it.

    3. Type in a width number in pixels next to Width of selected column (in pixels) at the bottom.
    NOTE: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for anymore columns that you wish to change the width of. 80 pixels is as low as Vista will allow you to go.

    4. Click on OK.
    Column - Customize-choose_details-jpg
    METHOD TWO:
    NOTE: This only works if you have Details selected in View or Views.
    1. Move the pointer over the line between the column names until it turns into a cross with double horizontal arrows.

    2. Left click on the line and hold.

    3. Drag the column line to the width you want it to be.

    4. Let go of the left mouse button.
    METHOD THREE:
    NOTE: This will size the column(s) to allow what is under them to fit between the column lines.
    1. To Size a Column to Fit
    A) Right click on a column name and click on Size a Column to Fit. (See screenshot below)

    OR

    B) Move the pointer over the line between the left column that you want to "Size to fit" and the one to the right of it until it turns into a cross with double horizontal arrows, then double click the left mouse button.
    2. To Size All Columns to Fit
    A) Right click on the column bar and click on Size All Columns to Fit.
    Column - Customize-right_click_column-jpg




    OPTION FOUR

    How to Change the Column Sort Order

    METHOD ONE:
    1. Click on a column name bar to change the sort order of the files and folders in the window to be sorted by that column type. (See screenshot below in Method Two)
    NOTE: Notice that the arrow in the middle of a column name indicates which column is being used to sort the window by.

    2. Click on the column name bar to cycle through the sort orders for it until you see the one you like.
    METHOD TWO:
    1. Click on the drop down arrow to the right of the column you want the window to be sorted by. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: Notice that the arrow in the middle of a column name indicates which column is being used to sort the window by.

    2. Click on the sort order option you want.
    NOTE: Each column name has different options to select from.
    Column - Customize-sort-jpg
    METHOD THREE:
    1. Click on View on the Menu Bar, or right click on a empty area in the Windows Explorer window. (See screenshot above)

    2. Click on Sort By, Group By, or Stack By.
    A) Choose the sort order you want the window to be sorted by.
    NOTE: If you click More, you will be taken to the Choose Details windows.
    Column - Customize-view_sort_options-jpg




    OPTION FIVE

    How to Change the Size of the Icons

    1. Click on View on the Menu Bar, or right click on a empty area in the Windows Explorer window. (See screenshot above Method Three in OPTION FOUR)
    A) Click on Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, List, Details, or Tiles. (See screenshot below)

    Column - Customize-view-jpg
    OR

    2. Click on Views on the toolbar
    A) Click on Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, List, Details, or Tiles. (See screenshot below)
    Column - Customize-views-jpg
    OR

    3. Right click on a empty area in the Windows Explorer window, and click View.
    A) Click on Extra Large Icons, Large Icons, Medium Icons, Small Icons, List, Details, or Tiles. (See screenshot below)
    Column - Customize-right_click_view-jpg
    Tip   Tip
    How to Apply the Changes to All the Same Folder Type Templates
    NOTE: This is to apply the changes made to all windows of the same folder template as the current window.
    WARNING: This must be done from within the window that you are changing, or it will not work.

    1. Click on Tools on the Menu bar and click on Folder Options.

    2. Click on the View tab. (See screeshot below step 7)

    3. Check Remember each folder's view settings.
    NOTE: If unchecked, Vista will ignore custom view settings for every folder and have every folder open using default settings instead. Only, uncheck this setting to force all folders to stop using display settings you have specified.

    4. Click on Apply.

    5. Click on the Apply to Folders button.
    Column - Customize-apply_to_folders-jpg
    6. Click on Yes to the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)

    7. Click on OK. (See screenshot above)
    Column - Customize-folder_views_confirmation-jpg



    That's it,
    Shawn




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  2.    13 Apr 2008 #1
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    Re: Column - Customize


    Thanks mate, helped a lot.

    Vista Game Browser kept on resetting to small icons and sorting by 'Last Played', even though I set it to 'Large Icons' and 'Sort By Name'

    Was really starting to piss me off.
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    Your welcome Ramzy, and welcome to Vista Forums.
    I'm glad to hear it is sorted now.

    Shawn
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    Re: Column - Customize


    Good info, Shawn. But, is there a way to 'not' sort files within a folder? I have a situation where I need to retrieve files from another source and paste them into one of my folders in the 'exact' order in which they were retrieved. Probably a simple answer that I am overlooking. Thanks, HDL
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    Hello Sysmanint, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    There will always be some type of sort order, but the good news is that you can always easily change it to how you want it instead.

    Shawn
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    Thanks. A couple of times, I have noticed the files are not sorted and I see no ascending/descending arrows in the column heading. This is exactly what I am seeking but I cannot seem to duplicate the scenario.
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    It depends on what column the arrow is on for the files to be sorted by that column type (ex: Name). You can click on a different column to change the files to be sorted by another column type instead. For example, sort by Date instead of Name.
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    Yes, but that does not solve my problem. I do, however, appreciate your assistance. Thank you very much.
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    You're welcome Sysmanint. I wish there was a way to not have any sort orders for selected folders as well.
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    Thanks for that. For me Vista is 99% good. The 1% missing relates to resizing columns. Why won't Vista Explorer let me resize columns to what I want, not what it thinks I should want (like XP used to)? I want to make my size column 50 pixels wide not 80. I really do not need it to tell me that the size is in KB (which btw should read kB) as I already know that. Those redundant 30 pixels are taking up valuable screen real estate on my 1280x800 notebook screen. I run two Explorer Windows side by side (in the old Norton Commander configuration) and need every spare pixel to be able to see the columns that I use.

    Maybe there is a registry hack or tweak that can do it. If so, please advise. Have posted this on 10 forums so far, no answer. If you can help me lift my Vista rating to 100%, I would be very grateful.
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