I like to sort my files according to name, with directories grouped before the files. This seems the default behavior of most file managers these days, and certainly this what I was accustomed to in my years using Linux at work.
In Windows Explorer, the built-in file manager, I have my "View" set to "Icons" and "Arrange Icons by - Name" (I also use "Auto-Arrange", which the Help suggests will sort my icons automatically.) So you'd think that whenever I open up Windows Explorer, I'd have all my files displayed alphabetically.
Not the case.
I regularly have the problem where I cannot find a file in a particular directory, because all the files are listed out of order. If I save several documents from Word in a folder, Windows Explorer seems to display the files in the rough order that the documents were first saved. So a file named Strategy.doc appears in the list before Process.doc.
If I go into the "View" menu and select "Arrange Icons by - Name" the folder displays my files according to name.
Why doesn't Windows keep this setting for me automatically? Windows Explorer seems very broken to me, if I always have to re-select my view. This is lame.
Under Linux, you also can set the file manager to sort your files in different ways. I did this all the time. Except in Linux, my preferences actually worked, and the file manager would remember to display my files that same way the next time I used the file manager.