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As mentioned [[ReNamer:Adding files and folders#Changing_the_order_of_the_files_in_the_pane|here]], sometimes you need to sort the items listed in the '''Files''' pane.<br>
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ReNamer has two different ways to sort the items:
  
ReNamer has two different ways to sort the items&nbsp;:<br>
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* Manual sorting (one-time sorting);
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* Automatic sorting (items are always kept sorted, newly added items get sorted automatically).
  
*manual sorting (one-time sorting)<br>
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== Manual sorting ==
*Automatic sorting (the items are always kept sorted. Whenever new items are added to the '''Files '''pane, they are sorted automatically). <br>
 
  
== Manual sorting<br>  ==
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To sort the items manually, select a group of items and use the [[ReNamer:Menus for the Files pane|files table context menu]] to move items up or down the list. Alternatively, you can drag the selection around the table using the mouse. This is strictly one-time sorting. Newly added items will be placed at the end of the current list, in the order in which they are added.
  
To sort the items manually, use the [[ReNamer:Menus for the Files pane|files table context menu]]. <br>
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== Automatic sorting ==
  
This is strictly one-time sorting: If you add more items to the '''Files''' pane, they will <u>not</u> be sorted, but will be placed at the end of the current list, in the order they are added to the pane.
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To enable '''automatic sorting''' mode, left-click on the column headers of the '''Files''' pane. Items will be sorted by that column. Clicking on the same column again toggles the sorting direction. When '''automatic sorting''' mode is active, a [[Image:ReNamer Sort Triangle Ascending.png]] (ascending order) or [[Image:ReNamer Sort Triangle Descending.png]] (descending order) appears in the column-header. Two examples are shown below.
 
 
== Automatic sorting mode ==
 
 
 
To set '''automatic sort mode''', left-click on the column headers of the '''Files''' pane. The files will be sorted by that column. Clicking on the same column again toggles the sorting direction. When '''automatic sorting''' mode is active, a [[Image:ReNamer Sort Triangle Ascending.png]] (ascending order) or [[Image:ReNamer Sort Triangle Descending.png]] (descending order) appears in the column-header.
 
 
 
Two examples are shown below.
 
  
 
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ReNamer allows you to sort files by any of the available columns. The default screen does not show all of these available columns. To see them, right-click on the column headers. A context menu shows the full list of available columns. Click on any row to toggle that column on/off.<br>
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ReNamer allows you to sort files by any of the available columns. The default screen does not show all of these available columns. To see them, right-click on the column headers. A context menu shows the full list of available columns. Click on any row to toggle that column on/off.
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<center>[[Image:ReNamer Files Table Columns.png]]</center>  
 
<center>[[Image:ReNamer Files Table Columns.png]]</center>  
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=== Canceling the automatic sorting mode<br>  ===
 
  
To cancel the automatic sorting, right-click on the column headers. <br>A context menu appears (see the figure above). Select the '''Cancel sorting''' (last) option.<br>
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=== Canceling automatic sorting ===
  
In this state, if you add any items to the '''Files''' pane, they will simply appear at the end of the current list (in the order they are added). They will not be sorted when added.
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To cancel the automatic sorting, right-click on the column headers. A context menu appears (see the figure above). Select the '''Cancel sorting''' (last) option. Once you cancel the automatic sorting, newly added items will simply appear at the end of the current list, in the order in which they are added.
  
=== Preserving the original order of drag-n-drop items ===
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== Preserving the original order ==
  
One way to add items to ReNamer is to drag-n-drop from another application.  
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Sometimes you have already ordered items (e.g. in Windows Explorer), and you want ReNamer to preserve that order.
  
Sometimes, you have already ordered the items in the source application, and you want ReNamer to preserve that order.
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To do that, turn off the automatic sorting first, and only then add items to ReNamer.
  
To do that, turn off the automatic sorting first, and <u>only then</u> drag-n-drop the iotems into ReNamer's '''Files''' pane.
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Keep in mind the following quirk of Windows: When you are adding your selection, you must focus on the top (first) item in the selection, otherwise the same order will not be maintained when items are transfered to ReNamer. For example: In case of drag-and-drop, you need to select all your files and drag the selection by the very first file.
  
Also, keep in mind the following quirk of Windows: When you start dragging your selection from the source application, you must drag it by the top (first) file in the selection. Otherwise the same order will not be maintained!
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'''Note:''' The initial list of items (files and folders) is processed in the supplied order, but if you are adding folders the content of folders will be added in order determined by the file system, because folders are automatically scanned for the contained items.

Revision as of 01:19, 7 October 2009

ReNamer has two different ways to sort the items:

  • Manual sorting (one-time sorting);
  • Automatic sorting (items are always kept sorted, newly added items get sorted automatically).

Manual sorting

To sort the items manually, select a group of items and use the files table context menu to move items up or down the list. Alternatively, you can drag the selection around the table using the mouse. This is strictly one-time sorting. Newly added items will be placed at the end of the current list, in the order in which they are added.

Automatic sorting

To enable automatic sorting mode, left-click on the column headers of the Files pane. Items will be sorted by that column. Clicking on the same column again toggles the sorting direction. When automatic sorting mode is active, a ReNamer Sort Triangle Ascending.png (ascending order) or ReNamer Sort Triangle Descending.png (descending order) appears in the column-header. Two examples are shown below.

Sorted by Name in ascending order Sorted by Created Date in descending order
ReNamer Sort Name Ascending.png ReNamer Sort Date Descending.png

ReNamer allows you to sort files by any of the available columns. The default screen does not show all of these available columns. To see them, right-click on the column headers. A context menu shows the full list of available columns. Click on any row to toggle that column on/off.

ReNamer Files Table Columns.png

Canceling automatic sorting

To cancel the automatic sorting, right-click on the column headers. A context menu appears (see the figure above). Select the Cancel sorting (last) option. Once you cancel the automatic sorting, newly added items will simply appear at the end of the current list, in the order in which they are added.

Preserving the original order

Sometimes you have already ordered items (e.g. in Windows Explorer), and you want ReNamer to preserve that order.

To do that, turn off the automatic sorting first, and only then add items to ReNamer.

Keep in mind the following quirk of Windows: When you are adding your selection, you must focus on the top (first) item in the selection, otherwise the same order will not be maintained when items are transfered to ReNamer. For example: In case of drag-and-drop, you need to select all your files and drag the selection by the very first file.

Note: The initial list of items (files and folders) is processed in the supplied order, but if you are adding folders the content of folders will be added in order determined by the file system, because folders are automatically scanned for the contained items.