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:



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.


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.

14 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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    André Kruger

    This feature is STUPID. Just plain stupid. I have the right decide how to arrange MY icons, not some moron dimwhit in Silicon Valley. There may be critical reasons to have them in a specific sequence.

    Let’s move to Linux. I’ve done so on an old laptop that took generations to perform practically anything under Windows, now run like an athlete on Xubuntu.

  5. Does not work on current build Windows 10 forced update 19044.1826. I wholeheartedly agree with above users. You USED to be able to leave files within folders anywhere you wanted and in any position on Window 10. It’s no brainer that users would want this. Now they completely removed the -File Explorer right click View/auto arrange and align to grid “toggle” options . Unbelievable and makes absolutely no common sense.

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