The Secret To Arranging Files

Dear Computer Lady,

I have Windows 7 Professional. Sometimes I want to rearrange the pictures in my own order in a folder. When I had Win XP I could do that by dragging the pictures around with my mouse. However, in Win 7, it won’t allow me to move the pictures around so they will stay.

If I right click in the picture folder, it says I may sort them by Name, Date, Type, Size, and Tags, and other parameters. However, I usually don’t want to sort ALL of them a certain way – I just want to move one picture closer to another that is a similar looking picture and have them stay that way in the folder.
What do I have to do to allow me to freely move a picture close or in between another picture in the same folder without changing the sorting structure of all of them?

Thanks, Brian

Dear Brian,

Unfortunately, there is no way to rearrange your pictures by dragging and dropping. Really, the only way you can do this is to re-name the image files, then sort them by name.

I would suggest that if you want to move one picture closer to another, rename the picture you want to go after another one, give it the same name as the first, but with an extra letter or number at the end.

For example, if you have a list of pictures named, pic001, pic002, pic 003 and so on, and you want pic015 to show up right after pic003, right-click on pic015 and rename it pic003b. Once you have renamed it, the picture will be arranged right after pic003.

Hopefully, this will help you.



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    • DiggerP
    • March 3, 2016

    Hi Brian,

    There is a way to do this..

    Check out

    Caveat : Running the Disable Auto Arrange .bat file will do this for all folder types
    like Pictures ,Videos Documents etc

    However you can open the .bat file in Notepad or similar and edit out
    the folders you don’t want to change.

    This does require reading and understanding Registry values and strings.

    If this is too difficult – Don’t attempt this

    However, there is help in the form of a 2nd .bat file to re-enable the Auto Arrange feature
    in case it doesn’t work out

    This will restore the folders to what you have now..

    Also, if not sure … Set a System Restore Point before doing anything.

    Peter E.

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