It seems Windows 10 automatically sorts files in an Explorer window with respect to some property. I want to disable automatic sorting to occur when I rename files. For Grouping files, I can select "None", but for sorting there is no such property.

Interestingly, sometimes sorting only happens when I press F5, which gives me the behavior I want, but I can't figure out why this is happening only sometimes.

  • @Akina: Please post a full answer. – user1686 Sep 6 '19 at 7:31

Sorting cannot be disabled, it can be altered only.

sometimes sorting only happens when I press F5

It is strange that it is not performed after filesystem change - Explorer must check FS change events and rescan/resort.

  • Indeed, after working for a while in an Explorer window handling lots of files, sometimes the automatic sorting is disabled (I'm experiencing this now as I write this). Only pressing F5 will then sort files after renaming. Maybe it's a bug. – Gruber Sep 6 '19 at 14:26
  • @Gruber I have seen that. Sometimes Explorer loose events. I don't know why. – Akina Sep 6 '19 at 17:44

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