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In Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008, if files have only number in filename, Explorer sorts them by the number.

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How can I change this sort to trully alphabetic, ie.:

108
1110
188
439
455   

etc.

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@Dave: I don't recommend telling people to edit the Registry unless as a last resort when there's no easier/better way.

@Tschareck: Here's what you can do:

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu's search box and then press Enter.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components, then select Windows Explorer in the left pane of the Group Policy editor.

  3. Double-click Turn off numerical sorting in Windows Explorer in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.

  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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Did you give Dave the -1 vote for using the registry? If so, that's a shame. –  palswim Aug 13 '13 at 21:31

To change this behavior open your registry and find the key below.

User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer]
Value Name: NoStrCmpLogical
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = Windows 2000 method)

Create a new DWORD value named "NoStrCmpLogical" and set it to "1" to use the Windows 2000 sorting method.

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I prefer the registry method. Unfortunately, Windows still sorts in its "special" way when using "Sort by Type". Also, on my machine at least, I can't modify my HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer key. –  palswim Aug 13 '13 at 21:30

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