Disable the natural sort order in Windows Explorer

As an IT administrator, understanding how to disable the natural sort order in Windows Explorer is important for managing files and folders in a business environment. Natural sort order is a feature of Windows Explorer that orders files and folders in a way that makes it easier to find items. For example, when sorting alphabetically, the natural sort order will place the \A\ folder before the \A1\ folder.

The natural sort order can be disabled in Windows Explorer by following a few simple steps. First, open the Windows Explorer window. Then, select the folder or file you wish to sort. Once selected, right-click on the folder or file, and select “Properties” from the dropdown menu. In the Properties window, select the “General” tab. Under the General tab, you will see the “Advanced” button.

The Advanced button will open a new window. In this window, you will see the “Sort by” drop-down menu. By default, it will be set to “Natural Sort Order”. To disable the natural sort order, simply select “Alphabetical” from the drop-down menu.

Once you have selected “Alphabetical”, click the “OK” button. You will now see the files and folders in Windows Explorer sorted alphabetically, instead of using the natural sort order.

If you wish to change the sort order back to natural sort order, you can simply repeat the above steps, but this time select “Natural Sort Order” from the drop-down menu.

Disabling the natural sort order in Windows Explorer is a useful feature for IT administrators who need to manage files and folders in a business environment. By following the steps outlined above, IT administrators can easily disable the natural sort order and ensure that files and folders are sorted in a way that makes it easier for users to find items.

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