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I've been looking for a keyboard shortcut to sort a folder by name. Can anybody enlighten me on to one?

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Shortcut for this purpose is not listed in Microsoft website


You could Do this

  • Shift+F10 - to perform Right Click
  • I - to Select Arrange Icons by..
  • N - To Arrange by Name
  • S - To Arrange by Size
  • T - To Arrange by Type
  • M - to Arrange by Modified

You could use install Altap Salamandar.

After which these settings would become effective

Ctrl+F1 Display the Drive Information dialog

Ctrl+F2 Change attributes of the selected files and directories

Ctrl+F3 Sort files and directories in the active panel by name. Press the key again to reverse sort order.

Ctrl+F4 Sort files and directories in the active panel by extension. Press the key again to reverse sort order.

Ctrl+F5 Sort files and directories in the active panel by time. Press the key again to reverse sort order.

Ctrl+F6 Sort files and directories in the active panel by size. Press the key again to reverse sort order.

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+1 for referring to the reference list from Microsoft. –  Steffen Opel Sep 15 '10 at 13:43
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+1 for "Shift+F10". Been wondering about it as my work laptop didn't have the "Right Click" button, but didn't search for it as finding it unbearably non-ergonomic, I plugged in an external keyboard very soon. –  blizpasta May 13 '11 at 8:40
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ALT+V, I, N

This will zip you through the menu to sort by name.

You can change the last letter to:

  • S for SIZE
  • T for TYPE
  • M for DATE MODIFIED

EDIT:

I continued to search for you, and found multiple references to indicate this is not possible.

Here, here, reference to other methods mentioned here, and a comprehensive list of windows XP shortcuts from MS here.

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This is helpfull, but there is a faster one without opening any menus, but I can't remember it :( –  Snake Sep 10 '10 at 13:10
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You can rightclick then do I->N, but I dont think there is a DIRECT kb shortcut in native windows xp for this function. –  JNK Sep 10 '10 at 13:26
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If you can't remember it, you can make a simple AutoHotKey script to map any key combination to "Alt-V, I, N" –  wilson Sep 16 '10 at 6:43
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