Previous versions of Windows such as XP and Vista came with the ability to freely arrange icons inside a folder. You were able to drag and drop icons inside a folder anywhere you wanted to without the icons snapping to a grid and getting auto-arranged. However, with Windows 7, Microsoft changed this Explorer behavior. Disabling Auto Arrange and Align to Grid options is no longer possible in Windows Explorer. In this article, we will see how to revive this feature and make it available in modern versions of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.
To disable auto-arrange, you need to do the following steps:
- Reset all folders view as described HERE.
- Download the disable-auto-arrange.zip file, unzip and extract the two *.REG files to any location. e.g. on your Desktop.
- Open This PC (Windows 10 and Windows 8)/Computer (Windows 7) and close it.
- Restart the Explorer shell.
This will disable auto-arrange and restore the ability to arrange icons freely inside a folder in Explorer.
To check it out, do the following:
You are done.To undo this tweak, double click the included Undo.reg file.
Note that this Registry tweak only disables auto arrange for the following icon views: large icons, medium icons, small icons and extra large icons. List view, Details view, Tiles view and Content view are not affected. Also, this does not affect auto sorting/auto refresh which continues to happen in Explorer.