In Windows XP, you could arrange drag and drop to arrange files in windows explorer, Like so:

January Report
February Report
March Report
April Report

I have not been able to do this in windows 7, 8, or 10 (Current). Is there any way to do this?

  • The option seems to be moved. IanCost's answer shows the location of these options.
    – doriclazar
    Feb 27, 2017 at 6:48
  • no, custom ordering is removed in Explorer since Windows 7. Last Windows was Vista where could do that Feb 27, 2017 at 15:45

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This is not possible since Windows 7. Here Microsoft needed to re-write the Explorer control to support the library feature. And here Microsoft decided that the feature was not used by a lot of users and so they have not re-implemented it.

Windows 7 includes a brand new view control for items in the Explorer. Given time constraints, certain functionality that was deemed lower priority wasn't able to be implemented in the new control.

So send feedback to Microsoft via the Feedback Hub app and hope you get enough votes that Microsoft implements it in a newer Windows 10 Feature Update.

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    That is not the answer I was looking for, but it is correct. Thanks!
    – DDriggs00
    Mar 3, 2017 at 19:58
  • Well, now probably the only workaround to customize files order here is to rename files with a numeric or alphabetic prefix like 01 02 02 ... aa ab ac ad ... za zb zc etc. (if it's acceptable and there are not too many files to rename)
    – Stano
    Jul 26, 2020 at 20:29

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