How to disable Auto Arrange in folders in Windows 10

If you try to rearrange files and sub-folders in Explorer on Windows 10/8/7 systems, you will find that the operating system does not allow you to do so. If you wish to disable auto arrange of items in a folder with a click, and allow users to to manually arrange files in a folder, then you have come to the right place.

Disable Auto Arrange in a folder

Disable Auto Arrange in a folder

While searching for a way to do this, I can across this post on Microsoft Answers. Here I found a link to a post on that shows the way to do it manually.

They have even created a batch file that automates the whole process.

Although the file appears to have been created for Windows 7, I have tried this in my Windows 10 PC, and it worked just fine. So I believe it should work on Windows 8.1/8 as well.

So if you wish to disable auto arrange in a folder, download this file, unzip it. Right-click on the .bat file and select Run as Administrator. But before you do this, you should create a system restore point first, just in case you need to or want to go back.

UPDATE: Please read the comments. This does not need to be working in recent versions of Windows 10. So if you are facing problems, best to restore your PC back to the system restore point you created before you applied this tweak.

Do remember to right-click inside the folder, select View and then unselect Auto arrange!

Read next: How to disable Full Row Select in Windows 10/8/7 Explorer.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. John Sarakannas

    This doesn’t work anymore because of the latest updates,all the files get reset when you close the folder.

  2. Bill Bernhardt

    I agree with John.This file no longer works with the latest number 1803 version.

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