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Why are the files and folders not arranged in an alphabetical order?

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The files and folders are not arranged in an alphabetical order.

This is the design of Windows® XP. Instead of sorting in alphabetical order, any numeric strings are handled as a number.

Please refer to the article on StrCmpLogicalW Function under the String Function.

For more information, please refer to the following solution in Microsoft's technical support website.
Article ID: Q318872
Last Modified: May 2, 2002
Title: Incorrect Sort Order in Windows Explorer in Windows® XP