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How to Disable Full Row Select and Auto Arrange in Windows 10?

The magical registry edits that I provided several years back to disable auto-arrange and full row select features in Windows 7, also work fine in Windows 10 just as they did in Windows 7. For a detailed explanation about the registry edits (fflags values), check out my earlier posts How to Disable Full Row Select in Explorer in Windows 7? and How to Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 7?. The registry edit in the latter article is even better, as it disables Auto Arrange in addition.

One important thing I’d like to mention about this registry edit is that it disables the "Tiles" view option in folders just as it did when running the edit in Windows 7. If you’re not one who uses "Tiles" view, then go ahead.  If you’re using the Script method, the This PC / My Computer retains the Tile view.

The scripts and REG files can be used in Windows 7, Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. In Windows 8 or 8.1, this edit disables auto-arrange only, but not the full row select feature.

What’s changed in the UI using this hack

Some other effects

The hack might look like a poor-tradeoff for some users, but useful to others. It depends.. But there is no other way you can disable full row select and auto-arrange options in Windows 7 and higher, so far.

Automate Using Script

[Download Vbscript]

This script exports the current settings in Bags and BagMRU registry keys to 2 separate files (registration entries, but with .txt extension) on the desktop.

Run the script disable_auto_arrange_fullrowsel.vbs, and wait some 5 seconds or so, it will do the job for you. This script disables full row select & auto arrange in folders in Windows 7 and Windows 10. Where as in Windows 8 or 8.1, this script can disable auto arrange only, but not the full row select setting.

Here are some screenshots from a Windows 10 PC after running the Script or registry file:

(Fig 1) Full Row Select is disabled

(Fig 2:) Auto arrange can be disabled (or enabled) in folders.

(Fig 3:) File and folders can be arranged as you prefer, with Auto arrange disabled.

To reset the default settings, run the script file restore_defaults.vbs.

To do this Manually

First, backup the BagMRU & Bags keys. Open Regedit.exe and go to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

Export the branches BagMRU and Bags to separate REG files.

Download, close all folder windows, run the registry file and restart the Explorer Shell cleanly.

[Download REG files]

What can go wrong if you use these methods? Nothing much. Worst case is you’ll lose the folder views which you can always customize or restore by importing the backup .reg files. If you want to reset the folder view settings so that default values will be used, run the restoredefaults.vbs file. To restore your saved views, run the restoredefaults.vbs file to clear the existing settings, and then import the "Bags" and  "BagMRU" keys that you exported earlier.

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