Contents of the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes Sorted Incorrectly

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When you use the Open command or the Save As command in one of the following utilities in Windows 98, the items in the Open or Save As dialog boxes may be sorted incorrectly:
  • Notepad
  • Browse window
  • Paint
  • WordPad
For example, files may be listed before folders, items may be sorted in descending order, and so on.


This behavior can occur if the ShellState value in the registry has been changed or is incorrect.


WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
To resolve this issue, set the ShellState value in the registry to the default value. To do so, use Registry Editor to view the following registry key:
If needed, edit the "ShellState" value to match the following value:
1C 00 00 00 A7 02 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00
NOTE: This value has been wrapped for readability purposes, it must be typed as one line. Also, you do not have to restart your computer for these changes to take effect.


Article ID: 233526 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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