How to manually arrange files in a folder on windows 10 (Disable Auto Arrange)


Some windows 10 users don’t like this auto arrange feature. Here in this page, we are going to show you how to manually arrange files in a folder in Windows 10 (Disable  auto arrange).

In Windows 10, all the files & folders in a folder get auto arranged automatically by default. This auto arrange feature starts from Windows Vista but there was a option to enable or disable this option in Vista/XP. Now this feature also comes with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 operating system, but this auto arrange turn on / off option is vanished. 

Although this is an enhanced feature for windows, but some peoples don’t like it and want to arrange files in a folder manually (disable auto arrange). Before this feature, you could easily arrange or move the files and folders in a folder. Some peoples missed this freedom in windows 10. If you want to get your freedom back, you can easily get back that option to disable auto arrange feature in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. You have to follow the following step by step how to do guide.

Please note, we are not talking about desktop icon’s auto arrange feature. This was only for “in folder” auto arrange feature. So don’t get confused.

How to disable Auto Arrange in Folders.

Follow the following instruction to disable the auto arrange option in folders.
auto-arrange-is-not-appearStep 1: Download the default registry file of Windows to disable auto arrange (disable-auto-arrange-in-folders.reg).
Step 2: Double-click on downlaoded .reg file to merge into Windows registry.

Step 3: Reboot or logoff your computer.

Step 4: Right-click on a folder’s empty area to open up the right-click menu and then move the mouse pointer to “view” You’ll get two new options there “Auto Arrange” and “Align to Grid“. If these both options are grayed out then its means you have to select the “Medium icons” first then these two options are active for action.

Step 4: Go to a folder and check auto arrange option should be turn off.

How to re-enable Auto-arrange in Folders.

Follow the following instruction to re-enable the auto arrange option in folders.

Step 1: Download the default registry file of Windows to re-enable auto arrange (re-enable-auto-arrange-in-folders.reg).

Step 2: Double-click on downlaoded .reg file to merge into Windows registry

Step 3: Reboot your computer.

After reboot, both the options (“Auto Arrange” and “Align to Grid“) will be vanished  again.

Watch a video tutorial: How to turn off / on auto arrange in folder.

The issue should be fixed after followed the steps. If the issue doesn’t fix, please leave your message in the comment section below, we’ll discover more about it and will share with you.

  1. Dam Wickz says

    It works but when you refresh the files fall back into the same order. How to fix it?

    1. Techexpert says

      Arrange your folder as you want and then do close the folder window and then reboot the computer once to save the manual arrange settings. Please let us know again if the problem persists after that.

      1. Dam Wickz says

        Did exactly as you said. Issue is that the arrange settings do not get saved.
        I’m on windows 10-17134 build. Any idea?

        1. Techexpert says

          I just have tested this on Windows 10 (17134) version and found that it’s not saving the settings. We are still working on this issue, and let you as soon as we found the solution.

          1. Dam says

            Thanks a bunch! Sooner the better!

      2. Saman says

        Facing the same issue. Can you fix it? basically it’s useless since the arrange settings are not getting saved.

        1. Techexpert says

          It is working fine on Windows 7 OS. We will have to check why it is not saving the settings in Windows10 (New Release). We’ll update the registry file and let you know about that as soon as found the fix.

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