Tutorial :Change file order in a Windows Directory in C


Like when you drag a file on top of another one and change the order, like that.


I'm going to assume you're asking about how to rearrange the order in which files are displayed in a folder. I'm not exactly sure how to do it, but you'll want to use the various functions from the Windows shell to accomplish this. See the Shell Developer's Guide.


There is no way to do this (except maybe by hacking the directory structures on the disk using raw, sector-based APIs). The order of files on the disk is managed by the file system according to it's design and needs.


For what its worth, FAT directory entries are stored in the order in which they are added. NTFS actually indexes its directory entries, but I thought creation order still played some role in which order they're retrieved. Maybe not. Nearly every UI that does file listings does some type of sorting on display, though, usually alphabetical.

Bottom line-- if its not application-sorted and its not creation time, then there's nothing you can do.

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