filebrowser sorting on name -- doesn't quite do it ...


R

R.Wieser

Hello All,

Just the other day I re-noticed that the filebrowser (file explorer) doesn't
quite display the filenames in ASCI order. Example:

.....
4FB99E33.DAT
4FCD66DC.DAT
04FD1641.DAT
.....

It looks like Windows sorting-mechanism simply ignores the leading Zero ....

Question: Is there a setting with which that last filename is again placed
(in this example) at the top (sorts in simple alphabetical/ASCII order) ?

Regards,
Rudy Wieser
 
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K

Ken Springer

Hello All,

Just the other day I re-noticed that the filebrowser (file explorer) doesn't
quite display the filenames in ASCI order. Example:

....
4FB99E33.DAT
4FCD66DC.DAT
04FD1641.DAT
....

It looks like Windows sorting-mechanism simply ignores the leading Zero ....

Question: Is there a setting with which that last filename is again placed
(in this example) at the top (sorts in simple alphabetical/ASCII order) ?
I'm not that hexadecimal knowledgeable/competent, but could that be "oh
four" rather than "zero four"?


--
Ken

Mac OS X 10.8.2
Firefox 18.0.2
Thunderbird 17.0.2
LibreOffice 3.6.5.2
 
V

VanguardLH

R.Wieser said:
Hello All,

Just the other day I re-noticed that the filebrowser (file explorer) doesn't
quite display the filenames in ASCI order. Example:

....
4FB99E33.DAT
4FCD66DC.DAT
04FD1641.DAT
....

It looks like Windows sorting-mechanism simply ignores the leading Zero ....

Question: Is there a setting with which that last filename is again placed
(in this example) at the top (sorts in simple alphabetical/ASCII order) ?

Regards,
Rudy Wieser
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319827

Numeric value (of a string portion consisting of all digits) is the same
no matter how many leading zeroes you add. Leading zeroes are not
significant characters. 4 = 04 = 004 = 0004 = 00004 = 000004 = 0000004.
 
B

Barry Schwarz

Google "windows sort order" with the quotes and read about your
options.
 
R

R.Wieser

Hello Ken,
I'm not that hexadecimal knowledgeable/competent, but could that
be "oh four" rather than "zero four"?
What you see is indeed a 4-byte hexadecimal value, and this one actually
starts with 'zero four' (I'm generating those filenames myself).
Thanks for the "could be causing it" suggestion though.

Regards,
Rudy Wieser


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R

R.Wieser

Hello Barry,
Google "windows sort order"
Thank you for that, that (first result) "ghacks.net" article gave me back
the most logical (for me) sort-order.

And my apologies, I should have done that before asking my question here.
To my defense, I did browse thru the folder settings and found nothing in
that regard .... :)

One question though: Its a setting in the "policies" branch of the
registry, which means its enforced onto all the users of that machine. Do
you perhaps also know where to apply the same setting, but now for a single
user ?

Regards,
Rudy Wieser


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R

R.Wieser

Hello VanguardLH,
Leading zeroes are not significant characters.
Very true for calculations, quite untrue when a human, in this case me,
needs
to find a certain entry in a list.

Also, I have no idea why the OS should think it should regard a set of
*filenames* (for me always just bits of text) as something else.

.... As an afterthought, maybe MS should have added it as a per-folder
setting. Use it when needed, leave the other folders to be sorted normally.

Regards,
Rudy Wieser


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