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Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

If you try to re-arrange files or folders in Explorer in Windows 10, then you will see that they will be automatically auto-arranged and aligned to a grid. In previous Windows versions, you could freely arrange icons inside folders in Explorer, but this feature is not available in Windows 10. By default, you could not disable auto arrange and align to grid option in Windows 10 File Explorer but don’t worry as in this post we will show you how to disable auto arrange in Folders in Windows 10.

Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Step 1: Reset all the folder views and customizations

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit | Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

3. Make sure to expand Shell, where you would find a sub-key named Bags.

4. Next, right-click on Bags then select Delete.

Right-click on Bags registry sub key then select Delete

5. Similarly go to the following locations and delete the Bags sub-key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam

6. Now restart Windows Explorer to save the changes, or you could restart your PC.

Step 2: Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

1. Open Notepad then copy & paste the following as it is:

REM --- 1. Step: Add keys
REM --- 1a for General Folders
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7}" /v FFlags /t REG_DWORD /d 0x43000001 /f
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{5C4F28B5-F869-4E84-8E60-F11DB97C5CC7}" /v Mode /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000004 /f

REM --- 1b for Documents Folders
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7D49D726-3C21-4F05-99AA-FDC2C9474656}" /v FFlags /t REG_DWORD /d 0x43000001 /f
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{7D49D726-3C21-4F05-99AA-FDC2C9474656}" /v Mode /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000004 /f

REM --- 1c for Music Folders
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{94D6DDCC-4A68-4175-A374-BD584A510B78}" /v FFlags /t REG_DWORD /d 0x43000001 /f
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{94D6DDCC-4A68-4175-A374-BD584A510B78}" /v Mode /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000004 /f

REM --- 1d for Picture Folders
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{B3690E58-E961-423B-B687-386EBFD83239}" /v FFlags /t REG_DWORD /d 0x43000001 /f
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{B3690E58-E961-423B-B687-386EBFD83239}" /v Mode /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000004 /f

REM --- 1e for Videos Folders
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{5FA96407-7E77-483C-AC93-691D05850DE8}" /v FFlags /t REG_DWORD /d 0x43000001 /f
REG ADD "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders\Shell\{5FA96407-7E77-483C-AC93-691D05850DE8}" /v Mode /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000004 /f

REM --- 2. Step: Export everything under the key AllFolders in a separate file AllFolders.reg
REG EXPORT "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\AllFolders" AllFolders.reg

REM --- 3. Step: Delete everything under the key Bags
REG DELETE "HKCU\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags" /f

REM --- 4. Step: Import again exported file AllFolders.reg
REG IMPORT AllFolders.reg

REM --- 5. Step: Delete exported file AllFolders.reg
del AllFolders.reg

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2. Now from Notepad menu, click on File then select Save as.

From Notepad menu click on File then select Save As

3. The “Save as type” drop-down select All Files and name the file as Disable_Auto.bat (.bat extension is very important).

Name the file as Disable_Auto.bat in order Disable Auto Arrange in Folders

4. Now navigate to where you want to save the file and click Save.

5. Right-click on the file then selects Run as administrator.

Right-click on Disable_Auto.bat file then select Run as administrator | Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10

6. Restart your PC to save changes.

Step 3: Test if you can Disable Auto Arrange in Folders

1. Open File Explorer then navigate to any folder and switch the View to “Large icons“.

Open File Explorer then navigate to any folder and switch the View to Large icons

2. Now right-click in an empty area inside the folder then select View and make sure to click on “Auto arrange” to uncheck it.

3. Try to drag the icons freely wherever you want.

4. To undo this feature run a system restore.

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That’s it, and you successfully learned How To Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10 but if you still have any queries regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

12 thoughts on “Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10”

  1. Hi, managed to get it working with this tutorial, however every time I come out of a folder and then go back in, the icons are rearranged back to the grid. How can I fix this?

  2. Windows 10 does not have a file named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam
    and the .bat file does not work!

  3. Worked for me on Windows 10 but now all files are written in black, meanwhile my background color is close to black too. And windows themes can’t style it..

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