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Using the Windows Explorer, Page 5
On page 1, we learned how to start the program, what it's purpose is and how to display it in different ways.
On page 2, we learned how to select and display items in the workspace.
On page 3, we learned how to create new folders to start organizing our hard drive.
On page 4, we learned how to rearrange files into subfolders to better organize our files.
Here we will learn about sorting the display.
First open the explorer program using the Windows logo and E. Note that the right window pane shows the large icon view by default.
Next click the View Menu and select Details as shown below.
I had to select a subfolder to get a lot of documents that can be sorted. When you first open the folder in Details view, the list will be sorted by name in ascending order. See figure below. Note the small arrow in the header field pointing up. This is a new feature in Windows XP. Do not expect to see it in earlier versions.
click on the header for size and note that it sorts the list by size
in ascending order.
Now click again on the Size header and see the list re-sort to descending order as shown below.
You can change the sort order of any list in windows by this method. Any list that has columns with title headers can be sorted accordingly. Spreadsheets and tables have always worked this way and Windows has for a long time. Most people just don't know about it.
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