Explorer7Fixes: Enable Sort Header (Column Header) in All File View Modes in Windows 7 Explorer

Column header (or Sort header) is very essential part of Windows Explorer. We can change file sorting order by selecting an item from this header.

Windows Vista used to show column header in all file view modes (e.g. Icon view, details view, list view, etc) but for some unknown reason, Microsoft changed this functionality in Windows 7.

Windows 7 Explorer shows column header only in Details view. It doesn't show column header in any other file view mode.

Today we are going to share a small DLL file which can enable column header in all file view modes in Windows 7 Explorer. This DLL file has been developed by "ijprest". Thanks to him for fixing this big annoyance in Windows 7.

You just need to download following ZIP file, extract it and run "Install.bat" file to install DLL file in your system. It'll enable column header. If you can't see the header, restart or log off your system.

Download Link

The ZIP file also contains "Uninstall.bat" file to remove the DLL file from your system in case you want to uninstall it.

PS: QTTabBar can also bring back column header in Windows 7 Explorer.

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  • I just wanted to say Thank You immensely for this. I am a photographer and the addition of this sort bar to Vista was one of the few things that I absolutely loved about it. When I got my new Windows 7 machine and realized they had removed it I was about to tear my hair out in frustration. Thanks again for your help with this. This is the ONLY place I have been able to find a fix for this issue and this tops off about 4 hours of searching!

  • VG

    ^^ Glad to help you. :)

  • is't work in windows10 (T T)

  • Thank you so much! This is really helpful, especially since I like the icons big and not listed.
    Also, the dll won't work unless you run command prompt as an administrator incase some people can't get it to work. ;)

  • I tried this and it gave me an error:
    "...the call to DllRegisterServer failed with error code: 0x80070005"

    I am the only user account on this computer and I am the "administrator".

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