Sorting is any process of arranging items according to a certain sequence or into different sets.

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How can I disable Windows Vista / 7 Explorer's “auto sort” after file copying?

One of the things that really annoys me in Windows Vista / Windows 7 is the new "auto sort" feature. In Windows XP, whenever you copy a bunch of files to a folder, they are all placed at the end of ...
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Automatically sort music files into folders by album/artist names

I have a large collection of music files (let's say MP3), with metadata (ID3 tags), but all are located in the same folder. I wish to automatically organize all of them according to this metadata. Is ...
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Windows 7, any way to sort folders and files all mixed together?

Is there a way to sort folders and files by their name all mixed together in Windows 7? It would be easier to understand if you look at this page. I want my folders and files arranged like the ...
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Microsoft Excel 2003 - Merge by Column

I'm trying to merge two excel files, here is the structure of the files: [A] [B] I want to add the column B from one file to another as column C, but the thing is that they have some rows under A ...
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How to reorder folders? (as displayed in `ls -U`)

I've got a number of unordered folders on a memory stick, which my car stereo shows in order of their real position on the stick (i.e. same as ls -U) What's the easiest way of physically reordering ...
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In bash, how to sort strings with numbers in them?

If I have these files in a directory cwcch10.pdf cwcch11.pdf cwcch12.pdf cwcch13.pdf cwcch14.pdf cwcch15.pdf cwcch16.pdf cwcch17.pdf cwcch18.pdf cwcch1.pdf cwcch2.pdf cwcch3.pdf cwcch4.pdf cwcch5.pdf ...
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Sorting Excel column by IP address

I have a fairly large (over 200 row) Excel spreadsheet that lists items in my network (i.e. printers, servers, workstations, network projectors, etc), and one of the first columns is the IP Address ...
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How to physically reorder files `03.mp3 01.mp3 02.mp3` (`ls -f`) in a directory?

The physical order of the files matters when I copy them onto my USB stick and listen in car mp3 player. Most of my music album folders are unsorted, e.g. ls -f may produce: 03.song3.mp3 01.song1.mp3 ...
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Outlook 2003: How to group by flag AND sort by date?

I'm trying to get Outlook 2003 to do the following: Group the emails in my Inbox by FLAG and then sort by DATE. This SHOULD be accomplished by the following settings: It seems to work, as I get ...
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Unix/Linux find and sort by date modified

How can I do a simple find which would order the results by most recently modified? Here is the current find I am using (I am doing a shell escape in PHP, so that is the reasoning for the variables): ...
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Unix: ls, how to sort first directories then files etc

I would like to use ls command to first show direcotries and then files. I tried ls -la | sort -k 1 But I got a wrong order.
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How can I sort a folder in OS X Lion without having to group files as done with “Arrange By”?

I'm sorry to say there are several things I liked better in Snow Leopard. Sorting files in Finder is one of those things. If I "Arrange By" -> "None" it does not group items and it looks like 10.6. I ...
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How to sort folders by last characters of folder name in Windows 7?

I have a stack of client folders with names like this: eastcoal 008 mee 022 orr 047 owaka 032 owen 025 powernet006 redpath 031 Normally this works, but sometimes I'd like to sort by the number. ...
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What Windows app can sort a huge XML file?

I have some enormous XML-based configuration files, with 125000 lines in them. The problem is that they are auto-generated by the system I use, and "child" tags are in a random order within their ...
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Sorting files (images) and then renaming them automatically according to the sort

We want to sort image files in a directory and want them to renamed according to the order we gave. Is there a tool that can do this? (os: windows xp)
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Outlook 2010 Unable to Categorize Messages

I am unable to categorize messages in my inbox. What I'm talking about is the ability to assign a color category. I'm accustomed to being able to just click the icon in the ribbon of the open message ...
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Sorting by Date - Very Slow

I'm using Windows 8 RTM. I have about 1,100 files in a folder. When I sort by date (in either direction), The address bar shows the green progress indicator as if it's working hard to perform the ...
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How to sort Spotlight results by size in the Finder?

How do I sort search result by size in Finder? I would prefer some sort of setting, or shell plug-in. I'm using this to clean my hard drive by finding and deleting the largest files first. I'm not ...
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Excel 2013, can data be re-sorted automatically?

Is there a way to re-sort automatically? I have automatically updating cells and depending on incoming values the rankings change. I am looking for a way to have the table resort automatically ...
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batch - File last modification time with seconds

I want to know when a file has been modified for the last time. I can get these infos using the following batch script: FOR %%i IN (myfile) DO SET modif_time=%%~ti The problem is that I need ...
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Why is sort -k5nr not a syntax error?

$ ls -l | sort -k 5 -n -r $ ls -l | sort -k5nr I find out these two command generate the same output. But I don't understand why I can combine 5 with n? Why not a syntax error? edit: $ ls -l | cut ...
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Is there a dynamic sorting feature in Excel 2007/2010?

I have a task list spreadsheet that I maintain. Each task is given a ranking based on number of days until due date, weighted by high, low, or medium priority. The ranking is automatically calculated, ...
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Sorting is not consistent using the Unix command 'sort'

I'm running the command: zcat [File] | sed "1d" | sort -t $'\xE7' -k [field to be sorted] > [file].sorted When I run this on File A, sorting on field 1, I get the following result: 11622400 , ...