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  1. rynac

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    I have comics on my tablet that are titled by page number (eg. 1-50.) However, for some stupid reason they are ordered like this: 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2, 20, 21, etc. How do I make it so that they are ordered correctly like in every other program that has ever existed?
     

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    Hello and welcome to the forums are you looking to set page format only in the Es explore
     
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    Simple solution, rename the pages that are single digits to be double digits. Example, rename 1.xxx to 01.xxx, 2.xxx to 02.xxx, etc. This should take care of the problem assuming there isn't a reason that prevents you from doing this.
     
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    Well, I guess I haven't really look at my comic directories through any other program, but if it's an android-wide thing then I would like to set up the ordering normally for everything.

    Manually renaming hundreds of comic pages does not sound like a simple solution.
     
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    Sorry I have no fix, but maybe can explain why this is expected.

    Filenames are traditionally treated as strings taking alphabetic sort, not numbers taking numerical sort. Each single numerical digit in the filename gets treated as a character and sorted accordingly. So 211 comes before 22 for the same reason that baa would come before bb in the dictionary. That's what es file explorer does and what most file explorer programs on android, iphone, pc or Mac would do.
     
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    Are you sure that's true? Because on this very computer I'm typing with (using Win 7), all of my comic pages that have single digits are ordered properly (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 etc.)
     

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    Maybe try thanking people who have tried helping you.
    Just a suggestion.
    these are real live people, not a comic ;)
    P.s, arent there any apps built specifically for viewing comics?
     
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    I'm not trying to be a jerk, I'm just frustrated because in my entire life I've never seen files sorted in the way that the app is displaying them now. It's always been in alphabetical and numerical order. And hearing that I have to go and rename hundreds of files if I don't want to have to go searching for the next page after finishing one is just making it worse.

    And these are comics that I have already downloaded onto my computer that I like to read while I'm not at home and bored.
     
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    My bad - that must be something fixed recently by windows. The simple way to do sorting is to assign each digit a location in the alphabet in front of A and sort is based on first character (regardless of number or letter), then 2nd character etc. That is the way it had been done for years.
     
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    Just tested this and on an Window XP system, it sorts 1, 11, 12, 2, 21, 22, but on my Win 7 Desktop it sorts 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 22. It sorted the XP way for so long, I hadn't realized that it had started sorting differently. Regardless, that doesn't address your problem, but it does assure me that I am not insane. I checked the My Files app and the ES File Explorer app and get the old Win XP sort method. The only way I have ever found around this is to add the leading 0(zero) in front of the single digit entries. I have done that for so long; I have trained myself to just do it that way.

    Since the operating system is usually responsible for sorting (you can choose what term to sort on, but it does the sorting), you are probably stuck. Android is based on a linux OS structure, which is definitely not Windows, and it doesn't appear that linux has changed that yet. Of course to me, the linux method makes more since than what appears to be the new Windows method.

    Another idea is to convert each comic to pdf format. That way you preserve page order. You will occupy less space and you don't have to worry about the OS ordering algorithm. Of course, you also have to convert every thing to pdf, which would take time also.

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
     
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    Lol. Ditto (at least not that anyone can prove)
     

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