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I don't have the Sort By option when I right-click on the Desktop in Windows Vista.

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However, I do have this option if I right-click on an empty area in Windows Explorer while viewing Desktop folder (or any other folder).

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Now that I think about it... I don't know if this has ever been there. Does Vista have this option? Anyone running Vista who can confirm or confute this? I do have Vista running but I also have Fences installed. That might have changed my configuration, so I can't be certain it was there previously.

I did see some screenshots on Google showcasing the Sort By option on the context menu. But it's hard to tell if this is Windows 7 or Windows Vista, as they are both very similar in terms of graphical interface.

I have a lot of files and folders on Desktop. I just want to sort them by type, right there on the Desktop, without having to open Windows Explorer and navigate to the actual Desktop folder. It would make my life a little easier.

This is Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP2.

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Like you suspect, it's because of Fences. Fences handles the sorting, it's what it's for after-all. :) Why not uninstall it and see if it reverts to normal? –  techie007 Sep 19 '13 at 11:14
    
I am not using Fences for all my icons on Desktop, only some of them. It's the icons that live outside of fences that I want to sort by type. Do you know any way of adding the Sort By option manually to Vista? Some registry mod maybe? –  sammyg Sep 19 '13 at 13:03
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Because the Fences handles the sorting of the icons etc. you have to uninstall it. That should solve the problem. Because it seems that Fences disable the sort on desktop.

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I don't have access to the Vista machine at the moment. But I will try uninstalling Fences, see if it works, and report back. –  sammyg Sep 19 '13 at 13:01
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