How to Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

In previous versions of Windows you could arrange icons inside the a folder freely, but this option was removed from Windows 7 and all other versions that came after Windows 7. If you’re missing this feature in Windows 10, there’s a way to disable auto arrange in folders in Windows 10.

Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

If you want to disable auto arrange inside a folder you need to do the following:

    1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows Key + R and typing regedit in the input field.
    2. Navigate to the following key on the left pane:
      • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
    3. Now delete the Bags subkey.How to Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10 1
    4. Navigate to this key:
    5. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell
      and delete the Bags subkey here again.
    6. Navigate to this key:
      • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam

and delete the Bags subkey here as well. After that close Registry Editor.

  1. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Locate Windows Explorer from the list of processes, and click the
  2. Restart button.
  3. Download disable-auto-arrange.zip.
  4. Extract the files from the archive you just downloaded.
  5. Run disableautoarrange.reg to add it to your registry.
  6. Open This PC and close it.
  7. Now repeat Step 6 to restart Windows Explorer.

Now auto arrange should be disabled and you can freely arrange files inside folders. We have to mention that this method works only for the large icons, medium icons, small icons and extra large icons icon views.

To disable auto arrange in File Explorer do the following:

  1. Open any folder using File Explorer and right click the empty space.
  2. Go to View and make cure that Auto arrange option is unchecked.
  3. If the option is turned off you can easily arrange items in any way you want.
  4. Navigate to this key:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam
  5. and delete the Bags subkey here as well. After that close Registry Editor.
  6. Open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Locate Windows Explorer from the list of processes, and click the Restart button How to Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10 2
  7. Download disable-auto-arrange.zip.
  8. Extract the files from the archive you just downloaded.
  9. Run disableautoarrange.reg to add it to your registry.
  10. Open This PC and close it.
  11. Now repeat Step 6 to restart Windows Explorer.Restart button.

Now auto arrange should be disabled and you can freely arrange files inside folders. We have to mention that this method works only for the large icons, medium icons, small icons and extra large icons icon views.

To disable auto arrange in File Explorer do the following:

  1. Open any folder using File Explorer and right click the empty space.
  2. Go to View and make cure that Auto arrange option is unchecked.How to Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10 3
  3. If the option is turned off you can easily arrange items in any way you want.

That’s about it, I hope this article helped you to disable auto arrange inside a folder. If you have any comments, or questions, just reach for the comments below.

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