[hnav.htm]

Bookmark

Donate

Subscribe

Subscribe to our RSS feed

Subscribe to our RSS feed
Email Subscription

Enter your Email ID:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Categories

Links

The Sort Order for Files and Folders Whose Names Contain Numerals Is Different in Windows XP Than It Is in Windows 2000

The sort order that is used by Windows XP for files and folders whose names contain numerals is different from the sort order that is used by Windows 2000. The following example shows the difference in sort order that is used by the two operating systems to list folders in Windows Explorer when the names of folders contain numerals:

Windows XP

Windows 2000

Ie4_01
Ie4_128
Ie5
Ie6
Ie401sp2
Ie501sp2

Ie4_01
Ie4_128
Ie401sp2
Ie5
Ie501sp2
Ie6

By default, in Windows XP numerals in strings that are contained in file and folder names are considered to be numeric content, not text. Numerals in folder and file names are sorted according to their numeric value.

In the example that is described earlier in this article, the Ie401sp2 folder is listed after the Ie6 folder when you sort the folders by name in descending order because 401 is a numerically higher value than 6. In the following example, note how the following files, whose names contain numerals, are sorted in Windows XP and in Windows 2000:

In Windows XP

In Windows 2000
5.txt
11.txt
88.txt

11.txt
5.txt
88.txt

To configure Windows XP to use the sort order that is used by Windows 2000, open Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:

Do one of the following, as appropriate to your situation:

Requirement

XP SP1 or above

Source Q319827

To configure the policy for all users of the computer, locate, and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Currentversion \ Policies \ Explorer

-or-

To configure the policy for the current user, locate, and then click the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Currentversion\ Policies \ Explorer

On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value

Type NoStrCmpLogical, and then press ENTER.

On the Edit menu, click Modify

To configure Windows XP to use the method that Windows 2000 uses for sorting files and folders, in the Value data box, type 1, and the click OK.

Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

-or-

Using Tweak UI Powertoy, uncheck Use intuitive filename sorting option under Explorer section. (per-user setting). Tweak UI can be downloaded from Microsoft site