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    Hiya,

    This is a known bug^H^H^H^feature in Win7 (and 8) that certain file types do not sort alphabetically correctly.

    For instance, in a folder structure of AVI or similar media files, the following should be the correct order:

    Back to the Future
    Back to the Future 2
    Back to the Future 3
    The Naked Gun
    The Naked Gun 2
    The Naked Gun 3

    Instead, we get the fallacious

    Back to the Future 2
    Back to the Future 3
    Back to the Future
    The Naked Gun 2
    The Naked Gun 3
    The Naked Gun

    Has anyone stumbled across something 3rd party that may solve that? It drives me absolutely batcrap bonkers looking at my folders in such a way (OCD!)

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    Annoys me as well. I ended up prefixing them 1. 2. 3. etc...

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    Hasn't Windows always (annoyingly) done that?

    I do the opposite of @FN-GM and just put 1 at the end of the first one.

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    Folders and/or dates (or do what @Cache said)?

    Code:
    Back to the Future \ [1985] Back to the Future
                         [1989] Back to the Future - Part II
                         [1990] Back to the Future - Part III
    
         The Naked Gun \ [1988] From the Files of Police Squad!
                         [1991] The Smell of Fear
                         [1994] The Final Insult
    If you use the actual names of The Naked Gun films, they will sort in the correct order.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cache View Post
    Hasn't Windows always (annoyingly) done that?

    I do the opposite of @FN-GM and just put 1 at the end of the first one.
    Nope. They changed in Win7. Before Win7 it sorted based upon filename without extension. Thus BTTF < BTTF 1 < BTTF 2

    In Win7 they just do a conversion to ascii, and sort it. Thus BTTF.avi is higher than BTTF 2.avi as the "." is higher value than "space" in ascii. Thus coming 2nd in line.

    Steve

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