Sorting Files


donb2022

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I like to sort my files within a folder by "Date modified" and it usually works fine, but recently I've noticed that Windows Explorer will revert back to sorting files by "Name" everytime I exit a folder. In the past when I set files to sort by "Date modified" it would stay that way even after I exit and re-enter a folder. Anyone else noticed this too?
 
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Have you tried to set things up the way you want in "Folder Options"?
 

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Have you tried to set things up the way you want in "Folder Options"?
I haven't change anything in Folder Options to cause this problem though, came up all of sudden.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
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    Alienware Aurora R11
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900KF CPU @ 3.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Micro-ATX motherboard with an Intel Z490 chipset
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    64GB Dual Channel HyperX FURY DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz
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    Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 T i 11GB GDDR6 each (NVIDIA NVLi nk SLI Enabled) (OC Ready)
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    2560 x 1080
I like to sort my files within a folder by "Date modified" and it usually works fine, but recently I've noticed that Windows Explorer will revert back to sorting files by "Name" every time I exit a folder. In the past when I set files to sort by "Date modified" it would stay that way even after I exit and re-enter a folder. Anyone else noticed this too?
Normally, your view selections, including sort options, will be saved automatically when you close the folder. Are other changes, such as setting the view (List, Details, Icons) being ignored as well or is it just the sorting?

If view changes in general are no longer being remembered, you may have hit the 5000 saved view default limit or have corruption in the registry keys that contain the saved views. In regards to checking and, possibly increasing the limit, please see:


If increasing the limit does not help, then there may be corruption that can be fixed by clearing out all the saved views. You can manually delete those keys, but then all of your folder views will revert to Microsoft's defaults. Therefore, I recommend using my WinSetView app to set all your preferred default views. All views will still be reset, but they will revert to your preferred defaults instead of Microsoft's.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
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    Laptop
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    Acer
Normally, your view selections, including sort options, will be saved automatically when you close the folder. Are other changes, such as setting the view (List, Details, Icons) being ignored as well or is it just the sorting?

If view changes in general are no longer being remembered, you may have hit the 5000 saved view default limit or have corruption in the registry keys that contain the saved views. In regards to checking and, possibly increasing the limit, please see:


If increasing the limit does not help, then there may be corruption that can be fixed by clearing out all the saved views. You can manually delete those keys, but then all of your folder views will revert to Microsoft's defaults. Therefore, I recommend using my WinSetView app to set all your preferred default views. All views will still be reset, but they will revert to your preferred defaults instead of Microsoft's.
View options works fine, just the sorting.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Alienware Aurora R11
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900KF CPU @ 3.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Micro-ATX motherboard with an Intel Z490 chipset
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    64GB Dual Channel HyperX FURY DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz
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    Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 T i 11GB GDDR6 each (NVIDIA NVLi nk SLI Enabled) (OC Ready)
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    MSI Optix MAG301CR
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1080
View options works fine, just the sorting.
Strange. The same thing appears to have been reported here.

I asked the OP of that thread if there is any software installed that may be affecting Explorer's views, such as WindowManager, but haven't received a response. Do you have anything like that installed?
 

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    Laptop
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    Acer
Strange. The same thing appears to have been reported here.

I asked the OP of that thread if there is any software installed that may be affecting Explorer's views, such as WindowManager, but haven't received a response. Do you have anything like that installed?
No, haven't installed any software recently. I'm guessing it's a bug caused by the recent Windows 11 update because that's when I noticed it (I also noticed that the "Check For Updates" button is no longer available in Windows Update)
 

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    Windows 11 Pro
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    Alienware Aurora R11
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900KF CPU @ 3.70GHz
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    Micro-ATX motherboard with an Intel Z490 chipset
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    64GB Dual Channel HyperX FURY DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz
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    Dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 T i 11GB GDDR6 each (NVIDIA NVLi nk SLI Enabled) (OC Ready)
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    2560 x 1080
View options works fine, just the sorting.
As far as File explorer is concerned, setting the sort order of a folder is a 'View'.
Did you check Option 1 of that tutorial to see what you had used?


Denis
 

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    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
No, haven't installed any software recently. I'm guessing it's a bug caused by the recent Windows 11 update because that's when I noticed it (I also noticed that the "Check For Updates" button is no longer available in Windows Update)
The "Check for updates" button should be there unless it's a company PC with a policy set to remove that option.

I assume you've already rebooted, but if not, please try that.

Otherwise, I would create a new local account (make it an administrator), login with that account, and check things. If Explorer works fine and "Check for updates" is back, then we can look at ways to fix your profile or migrate you to a new profile.
 

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    Windows 10/11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
Show hidden System files then delete a file you find called desktop.ini (yes, it does not matter what folder you are in, it is always named this) (warning - if this is one of the Windows special folders, like Documents, Downloads, Music, Photos, or Videos, it will also remove the icon associated with it, so do so at your own risk).


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With any other folder not one of those special folders, delete that file, and it will revert to default sort by Name. Now, set the sort again and see if it sticks.

Don't forget to re-enable the above setting once you're done.
 

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Show hidden System files then delete a file you find called desktop.ini
Back in the Windows XP days, the desktop.ini file was used to store the folder view settings, such as sort options. Starting in Windows 7, most folder view settings were moved to the registry. The folder's icon is still saved to desktop.ini and the folder type (e.g. "Pictures") is also saved to desktop.ini on NTFS volumes (but the folder type setting in the registry takes precedence). I wouldn't expect the OP's issue to be resolved by deleting the desktop.ini file, but there's no harm in trying.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
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    Laptop
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    Acer
Now, set the sort again and see if it sticks.

It's worth a shot. I have a 3rd party file manager that still stores that info in desktop.ini, and when it goes bonkers the same incorrect sort also gets applied to Windows Explorer.

That's been my fix, and I did say the above.
 

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    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
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    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
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    3x 3840 x 2160
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I like to sort my files within a folder by "Date modified" and it usually works fine, but recently I've noticed that Windows Explorer will revert back to sorting files by "Name" everytime I exit a folder. In the past when I set files to sort by "Date modified" it would stay that way even after I exit and re-enter a folder. Anyone else noticed this too?

I have also been having trouble. After setting up folder view, sort by, arranging title sections the way I want them (width etc) and saving this to work with all folders of the same type e.x. Documents or General, right clicking on a folder and asking widows to apply that settings to all folders and subfolders only works for the top tier folder I have applied it to. All subfolders are still arranged as MS Windows default view settings.
And even when applying this to top tier folders, I often find Windows has reverted the view settings to default again.
I have not yet found a reason as to why Windows wont keep my settings.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
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    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
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    All over the place
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    Silverstone 1500
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    NZXT Full Tower
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    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
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    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I have also been having trouble. After setting up folder view, sort by, arranging title sections the way I want them (width etc) and saving this to work with all folders of the same type e.x. Documents or General, right clicking on a folder and asking widows to apply that settings to all folders and subfolders only works for the top tier folder I have applied it to. All subfolders are still arranged as MS Windows default view settings.
And even when applying this to top tier folders, I often find Windows has reverted the view settings to default again.
I have not yet found a reason as to why Windows wont keep my settings.
There is no option to apply a view to a specific folder tree. You can only apply a view to all folders of the same type. So, for example, if you modify the view for a folder of type Pictures and then click "Apply to Folders", all folders of type Pictures should then get that new view, regardless of their location. That should still be working in Windows 11.

What does not work correctly (with vanilla Windows 11) is the option to set the folder type. Setting the folder type can be done on a folder tree basis on Windows 10, but on Windows 11 it's broken. That is, the option "Also apply this template to all subfolders" does not work.

On removable drives (ones that do not mount as "local disk") the folders will remain as type "General items" unless you set them one at a time and, even then, they will often revert back to type General items.

On a "local disk", such as drive C, automatic folder discovery keeps resetting the folder type based on content. Windows 11 will not respect your choice to override the discovered folder type.

I have been told that Microsoft is aware of the issues and is working on a fix, but no timeline for the release of a fix has been provided.

Note: Installing StartAllBack and selecting "Kinda 10" mode will bring back the Windows 10 behavior in regards to setting folder type. The same may be true for other tools, such as Explorer Patcher. That's why some Windows 11 users here are not experiencing any issues with setting the folder type.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
There is no option to apply a view to a specific folder tree. You can only apply a view to all folders of the same type. So, for example, if you modify the view for a folder of type Pictures and then click "Apply to Folders", all folders of type Pictures should then get that new view, regardless of their location. That should still be working in Windows 11.
That’s what I am referring to, and they are all secondary drives. It isn’t holding. No extra modification software or tweaks less Brinks tweaks.
So I feel the OP’s frustration.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
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    NZXT Full Tower
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    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
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    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
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    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
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    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
That’s what I am referring to, and they are all secondary drives. It isn’t holding. No extra modification software or tweaks less Brinks tweaks.
So I feel the OP’s frustration.
Ahh, but let's be clear on what's not holding. I'm saying that whatever changes you make to the default view for a particular folder type by clicking "Apply to Folders" is likely being saved and applied to all folders of the same type. The problem, I expect, is that you can't make the folder type itself stick to the folders on your secondary drives. That is, those folders keep reverting to type "General items".

However, if you're saying that you change the view settings for a folder of type "General items", click "Apply to Folders", and those changes are not reflected in the General items type folders on your secondary drive, well, that would be unexpected.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
Ahh, but let's be clear on what's not holding. I'm saying that whatever changes you make to the default view for a particular folder type by clicking "Apply to Folders" is likely being saved and applied to all folders of the same type. The problem, I expect, is that you can't make the folder type itself stick to the folders on your secondary drives. That is, those folders keep reverting to type "General items".

However, if you're saying that you change the view settings for a folder of type "General items", click "Apply to Folders", and those changes are not reflected in the General items type folders on your secondary drive, well, that would be unexpected.
Both. And for extra measure, general view, documents view, media view… have all been setup the same way so as windows doesn’t get confused as to what the hell I want my explorer to look like.

If I setup the parent folder the way I like it,
"General items", click "Apply to Folders"
The parent folder will now show my proffered settings (lets say as General but it doesn't matter as my Documents view settings are the same) then I could click on a subfolder and the settings are default, so I right click on that subfolder and apply my General settings to that (also apply to all folders) and if there is yet another subfolder, that folder is also still as the default view, regardless that right clicking on any of these folders and their being set to “General” and pretty much on a reboot, all folders are back to windows default view. This also happens with ”Grouping” I gave up caring and just do what I have to by sorting through windows default mess.
I’m not really looking for answers to this issue because I no longer give a crap, like I no loner give a crap about seeing other computers attached to my network. I’m reserved to believing windows is crap. But I have no alternative so I venture on.

I’m just sharing the OP’s frustration. But thank you 🙏
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Both. And for extra measure, general view, documents view, media view… have all been setup the same way so as windows doesn’t get confused as to what the hell I want my explorer to look like.

If I setup the parent folder the way I like it,

The parent folder will now show my proffered settings (lets say as General but it doesn't matter as my Documents view settings are the same) then I could click on a subfolder and the settings are default, so I right click on that subfolder and apply my General settings to that (also apply to all folders) and if there is yet another subfolder, that folder is also still as the default view, regardless that right clicking on any of these folders and their being set to “General” and pretty much on a reboot, all folders are back to windows default view. This also happens with ”Grouping” I gave up caring and just do what I have to by sorting through windows default mess.
I’m not really looking for answers to this issue because I no longer give a crap, like I no loner give a crap about seeing other computers attached to my network. I’m reserved to believing windows is crap. But I have no alternative so I venture on.

I’m just sharing the OP’s frustration. But thank you 🙏

Since you want all your folder views to be the same, why the heck haven't you used my WinSetView app? Even on Windows 11, it will ensure that all your folders have the same view, everywhere, all the time. And, no, it's not a mod. It's just registry settings. See the docs for details.

I understand you "no longer give a crap", but when you run it and see every folder, on every drive with exactly the same view, it will give you that little "take that Microsoft" moment. 😉
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
I like to sort my files within a folder by "Date modified" and it usually works fine, but recently I've noticed that Windows Explorer will revert back to sorting files by "Name" everytime I exit a folder. In the past when I set files to sort by "Date modified" it would stay that way even after I exit and re-enter a folder. Anyone else noticed this too?
Getting back to the original issue...

It seems there was a bug introduced recently on Insider builds. See this Feedback Hub item: The Windows Insider Program
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10/11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer
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