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

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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.
merge-auto-arrange-enabler-default-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.

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17 Comments
  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. Dam says

            Hi, Still no solution?

      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.

          1. Ken says

            Hi dear technician have u found the solution? We really like to arrange the files the way we want…

          2. Techexpert says

            No, we haven’t found the solution yet. We’ll update here as soon as we get the solution to this problem for sure.

  2. Sina says

    Same issue here (using win10). It’s working initially, but once the folder is refreshed, closed/reopened it simply goes back to default. Need a way to save the new order-setting after it has been rearranged. Please let know. Thanks in advance!

  3. Krisztina says

    It works for me on Windows 10 Home 1803 (that’s great!), but my icons (extra large, large, medium mode) are placed with extra large margins so now much less icons can be seen in the window .

  4. Seba says

    Hi, i tried that. And like other people say; once u close file explorer and re-open, the files are arranged by windows again. Please let me know if there is a new solution to this. I really miss arrangin my files the way i like it. Best regards

    1. Ken says

      Me too, whats so hard for Microsoft to put an option there so we can disable/ enable it?!!!

  5. John Doe says

    hellow can you give my the enable program pls

    1. Jahn Doe says

      oh sorry i’m blind

  6. Kiwi says

    Hi
    Im also having the same problem with my files being changed back again by windows once I close the folder
    Please find a solution

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