you can force Windows to remember the file listing settings. I apparently did this accidentally at some point. Hereís what you do: go into Windows Explorer and open a folder such as My Documents. Now choose View|Details. Along the top of the file listing area, you see Name, Type, Size, Modified. If you click any one of these, it will change how your files are sorted in the list. For example, you click Modified to sort your files by the date they were modified.
Now...hereís the part that made Windows save this sorting information everywhere. Hold down the Ctrl key and click the X in the upper right-hand corner of the Window to close it.
Now whenever you run a Windows application that uses the File Open, Save, or Save As dialog boxes, the files are listed in Date Modified order rather than Alphabetically.
Itís sort of astonishing to me that I could have experienced so much aggravation just because I held down the Ctrl key at an inopportune time, but there it is. The mystery of computers just never ends.
To set or reset to default view, perhaps this:[remember to export your reg key before making this change so you can reverse it if you choose to do so]:
Contents of the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes Sorted Incorrectly
When you use the Open command or the Save As command in one of the following utilities in Windows 98, the items in the Open or Save As dialog boxes may be sorted incorrectly:
For example, files may be listed before folders, items may be sorted in descending order, and so on. This behavior can occur if the ShellState value in the registry has been changed or is incorrect.
To resolve this issue, set the ShellState value in the registry to the default value. To do so, use Registry Editor to view the following registry key:
If needed, edit the "ShellState" value to match the following value:
1C 00 00 00 A7 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00
NOTE: This value has been wrapped for readability purposes, it must be typed as one line. Also, you do not have to restart your computer for these changes to take effect.
I could pick and choose for ya' but why don't you decide for yourself: http://www2.cajun.net/~theriots/blk/folder_views.htm