How To Sort Folders The Same Way As Files In Total Commander

Posted by Artem Russakovskii on October 11th, 2008 in My Favorites, Stuff

For the longest time I wanted to sort folders (aka directories) in Total Commander but it just wouldn’t. The sort rules only applied to files and I never took the time to figure it out. Well, I found the option now, which I want to share. I can finally see what movies, ahem, I mean presentations, I downloaded last.

The option is right there, in the middle, Sorting Directories. The default is Always by name. Change it to Like files (also by time) and you’re done.


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  • Keith Lacey

    You Legend! I've been wondering why this wasn't working for me.


  • durasro

    Thanks, man!

  • Dante

    Thanks alot man, very nice option indeed.

  • SSkimo

    Thumbs up! … that are the little things making life easier … vital to deal with a packed incoming folder 🙂

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  • Elod

    Cheers dude, thanx. I'we been searching for it but missed it for some time (the option) 🙂

  • Quant

    Thank you, man, really!

  • anon

    Also just lived without it till today. More proof of how lazy we programmers really are…!

  • foobar

    AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • %username%

    Thanks. Good tip.

  • Morfolk

    You are simply amazing! I swear the option wasn't there last time I looked.

  • dave a

    great – likewise it has been bugging me for ages but never could track down the solution – even so long after your original post! Thanks for keeping the archives!

  • boyBogli

    Thanks man!! I have been going crazy trying to find this sorting solution thing…Finally it worked!!!

  • pulec

    awesome! thanks p.

  • artem

    Thanks! Indeed. Amazing how Ghisler managed to hide such an important feature in the UI 🙂

  • holdcore

    Wow… u made my day

  • Drencha

    Thanks a lot mate!

  • touristguy

    I wonder how I didn't find that for years. Thanks man

  • RobT

    Thanks, it helped me.

  • valyus

    Thanks for this advice!

  • Matteuws

    Thank you, actually I was looking for the movie I downloaded, Oh I mean presentation.

    You are The Undertaker! (It's a compliment a la WWE :D)

  • Augusto

    Thanks! I've been wondering how to do this for a while.

  • michelle

    Thank you I don´t know why but couldn´t find it myself Thank you Eagleeye…;))

  • jt

    oh my gosh! if you knew how long I've been wishing this feature was available. Can't believe I overlooked the setting – years later I finally decided to do a search and voila!! here it is. thank you!!!!!!!

  • rocko

    the simplest things are often so hard!

  • Sasha Kicilenko

    Thank you very much!!

  • perfora

    I just thought it is possible or not. now i know it is possible 🙂 thanks

  • Reck

    thank you.. I've used TC for along but I couldn't found this option 🙂 You saved my day.

  • Gabor Petroci

    I am really missing option with priority shorting like , shorting files by directory sub directory etc 1st. And 2nd by names, type etc at least, and , or by other shorting criteria 🙂 . And!! Limit brief view name in a panel view like in a full view?! And the horizontal space beetween word lines. The Branch view could show the directories first in a shorting then the files alphabetically. Branch View cloud be locked. That would be great for sample library browsing, checking.

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  • remy

    now, how we can make a shortcut? i've only found the display option in misc. maybe a command?

  • Thank you for solving my problem 🙂

  • disqus_4lh1pjdHNm

    Thank you very much. God bless you!!!

  • mikey74

    Wow thanks for that…. This has been bugging me for 15 years! 🙂

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  • Tamas Toth

    a need this function 20 years ago …

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