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 v1709 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 and double-click on the .bat file to run it. But before you do this, you should create a system restore point first, just in case you need to or want to go back.

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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