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Hello, a directory that I have consists of subdirectories and files. It used to be in alphabetical order with subdirectories on top and files below. Somehow it got all messed up and now its files and subdirectories in reverse alphabetical order. How do I get everything in a single column, in alphabetical order, starting with subdirectories followed by files?

Hello Wing

Quite simply, open the file explorer browser window and then click on the NAME column which will move the Carrot (the pointing arrow) to this column.  If it is pointing down then it will be in descending order and if you click on it again it will be in ascending order.  From the top tool bar menu you can also select VIEW and then change the view settings to DETAIL view so that you also  have the date, file size and type of file listed.
I hope this helps.


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