File Explorer is the default Windows file management application from version 95 to the present day. In addition to the file management functions, Explorer.exe also implements the shell, the Desktop, the taskbar, the desktop icons, and the Start menu.
It is worth noting that in Windows 10, the Start menu is a special UWP application, which is built into the shell. Starting with Windows 8, File Explorer received the user interface bar and the Quick Access Toolbar.
In File Explorer, numerical sorting is enabled by default. This means that the file manager will sort the files by the ascending value of the number (for example, 3 <44 <222 <1111). When this feature is disabled, File Explorer sorts the file names according to the alphanumeric digits of the file name, so the order will be as follows: 1111 - 222 - 3 - 44. Let's see how you can change the method file sorter in Windows Explorer 10. See the following screenshots:
Numerical sorting is enabled
Numerical sorting is disabled
You must be logged in as an administrator before proceeding. The change will apply to all user accounts. To turn off numerical sorting in File Explorer in Windows 10, do the following:
Step 1. Open the Registry Editor application.
Step 2. Go to the following registry key.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies \ Explorer
Step 3. On the right, create a new 32-Bit DWORD value named NoStrCmpLogical. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you must create a 32-bit DWORD value.
Step 4. Set its value to 1 in decimal to disable numeric sorting.
Step 5. Restart Explorer (Windows Explorer)
To reactivate the function, delete the NoStrCmpLogical value you created or set it to 0.
Alternatively, if your version of Windows 10 includes the Group Local Editor application, you can use it instead of disturbing the registry. That is, if you are running Windows 10 Pro, or Enterprise or Education, do the following:
Step 1. Press Win + R at the same time and in the execution window that appears type: gpedit.msc and press Enter.
Step 2. The Local Group Policy Editor will open. Go to Computer Settings \ Management Templates \ Windows Components \ File Explorer (Computer Configuration \ Templates Administrative \ Windows Components \ File Explorer).
Step 3. Enable "Disable numerical sorting in file exploration"
Step 4. Restart Windows 10.