Add File Sort Headers In Windows 7 Explorer With Explorer7Fixes


You might’ve noticed that Windows 7 Explorer shows sort headers in only Details view mode and not in any other view modes, i.e. with large and extra large icons, to sort the content of the folders according to date, size, name, and by many other characteristics. Users, who extensively use these file sort-headers, have to manually switch to Detail view mode in order to sort the files and folders as per their requirements. We just stumbled across a tool which can seamlessly add sort headers in all Windows 7 Explorer view modes. It actually does nothing except adding all the elements which are required to insert sort-headers in different view modes. You just need to register main DLL file with regsvr32 command to insert headers. For user convenience, developer has also provided simple install and uninstall batch files to add and remove sort headers, respectively.

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DLL files for both 32-bit and 64-bit OS are provided in the download package. You need to register the DLL file or simply run the install the install.bat file. If for some reason, install.bat file doesn’t work, open command line interpreter (CMD) with administrative privileges. Now move to download directory, and open Release folder if you’re using 32-bit Windows, otherwise, open x64 folder. Once opened, type following command and then press Enter.

regsvr32 Explorer7Fixes.dll


After the DLL file is added, restart Explorer from Windows Task Manager. Now open Windows Explorer and verify sort-headers in all view modes.

During testing, the latest version of Explore7Fixes ( failed to add the sort-headers, but version 1.0.0 worked flawlessly. Testing was done on Windows 7 x64 system.

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  • all buzzy news

    thanks for this wonderful tutorial

  • Coumbaya

    oh my god (so to speak, don’t believe…) I love you guys ! that’s the ONLY feature I missed from vista !

  • SMBR

    Its Nice But Same Article Was Posted On o_0

    • Yes, I checked it. They are not pointing to the actual source. It is our rule to always point to the actual source when covering apps or scripts. It helps developers.

      In this case, the developer is ijprest who is hosting his app on github.

  • Coumbaya

    too bad, it says I have the wrong version of windows 🙁

  • Avisek

    the program doesn’t works in Windows 7 x64 Build 7601…
    i tried all the version but didnt help…

  • Felix

    the latest version Explorer7Fixes ( works on my computer (windows 7 professional 64 bits). the install.bat file did not work. i followed the instructions above, and it did not work (reasons being: cannot find the path or wrong windows version), either. i copied and pasted the Explorer7Fixes.dll file to the directory C:\Users\Felix\, and then i typed C:\Users\Felix\regssvr32 Explorer7Fixes.dll in CMD, it worked! I flipped. Hope this helps those who have tried unsuccessfully. Thank you for this fix.

  • xpclient

    Classic Shell also incorporates this tweak. Go to the File Pane tab in Classic Explorer settings and just check the option to enable sort headers for all views and restart Explorer/logoff.

  • Elver Gudillo


    Installer doesnt work with Windows 7 Service Pack 1
    I open the “install.bat” with notepad and delete these lines:

    for /f “delims=” %%Q IN (‘ver’) DO if “%%Q”==”Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]” goto :install
    echo.This is the wrong version of Windows; only the following is supported:echo.    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7600]”pausegoto :EOF

    Then save, and run again and works!