Arranging numbers as filenames

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Soul Man, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. Soul Man

    Soul Man Guest

    Couldn't find in a search...

    Have some folders where I save files using numbers as filenames, as an
    example I save my electronic check images.
    Windows won't sort them numerically, ie: it will go 100, 1550, 205 etc.
    instead of 100, 250, 1550. It sorts them as if the numbers are letters,
    rather than numerically. How can I change this?!?!? It really makes it hard
    to look for files (ie. did I already save the image of check # 1550?)
    Soul Man, Aug 20, 2007
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    PaulB Guest

    PaulB, Aug 20, 2007
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  3. Soul Man

    Fred B. Guest

    Name your files:
    00000001.jpg or whatever
    00000002.jpg or whatever

    Then you'll get them sorted the way you want them.
    Fred B., Aug 20, 2007
  4. Soul Man

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Soul Man.

    Maybe this will explain it, although it hasn't yet been updated for Vista:
    The sort order for files and folders whose names contain numerals is
    different in Windows XP than it is in Windows 2000

    You might prefer this page, by MVP Ramesh:

    My Google search was for "sort order xp" and "sort order vista".

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)
    R. C. White, Aug 21, 2007
  5. Soul Man

    Soul Man Guest

    Thanks for the replies.
    Fred, I already have a lot of files named, and re-naming them all is not
    really practical.
    Paul and R.C., I'm not sure how to edit my registry, I'll start working on
    that. Do those registry keys work for Vista?

    Paul, you said "I tried this and it worked..", tried what? the registry
    key? I also have Vista Home Premium.

    Thanks again!
    Soul Man, Aug 22, 2007
  6. Soul Man

    Soul Man Guest

    Update: it all seems to be workiing normally now. I did a search on here
    using the words R.C WHite recommended (one problem I have with searching is
    knowing the right "buzz words", which is hard when you aren't sure what's
    going on int he first place).
    MVP Ramesh has a link to this site:
    which goes into detail. It seems last night my computer started sorting in
    the old Windows 2000 style, when the XP/Vista style is what I wanted all
    along. Seems to be correct now for whatever reason....
    Soul Man, Aug 22, 2007
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