Turning off numerical sorting in Windows Explorer

Windows XP introduces the concept of "numerical sorting", where filenames in Windows Explorer are sorted by evaluating their numerical value instead of the ASCII order. For example, if you have a bunch of files:

they will be sorted as:


because 3 < 2 < 111, get it?

This is very confusing to those of us who expects things to be sorted logically i.e. in ASCII order. Who's the idiot who made this "numerical sort order" default on all Windows after XP?

Anyway, one way to right this wrong is as follows:
  1. Press [Win-R], type "gpedit.msc", then press [Enter] to bring up the Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. Select "User Configuration", "Administrative Templates", "Windows Components", and finally "Windows Explorer" in the treeview on the left of the editor.
  3. Double-click on "Turn off numerical sorting in Windows Explorer" in the "Setting" pane on the right of the editor.
  4. Select "Enable",  then click OK to save the changes.


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