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Arranging and Sorting Files and Folders

No matter which view you select, you're still faced with the best way to organize folder contents—especially in crowded folders. Fortunately, you have several options.

Arranging Folder Contents

You can change how folder contents are arranged. By default, all contents are arranged by folder; in this arrangement, every file and folder appears as a separate item in the Explorer window. But there are several other options available, including the following:

  • Author, where contents are stacked by who created them, as shown in Figure 6.14; double-click a stack to see all the files in that folder created by that author.
    Figure 6.14

    Figure 6.14 Arranging files by author.

  • Date modified, where contents are grouped by the date they were last modified, as shown in Figure 6.15.
    Figure 6.15

    Figure 6.15 Arranging files by date modified.

  • Tag, where contents are stacked by any tags assigned to the files. Since most files are not tagged by default, this is a less than useful view for most users.
  • Type, where files are stacked by file type, as shown in Figure 6.16; double-click any stack to view all files of that type.
    Figure 6.16

    Figure 6.16 Arranging files by type.

  • Name, which lists files and folders in alphabetical order. (This is identical to Details view, but with files and folders mixed together.)

To change how folder contents are arranged, make sure the library pane is displayed; then click the Arrange By button and make a selection, as shown in Figure 6.17.

Figure 6.17

Figure 6.17 Arranging folder contents.

Sorting Folder Contents

Arranging folder contents is different from sorting those contents. You may want to sort a folder's contents by filename, file type, file size, or the date the file was modified. Whatever view you're in, you can sort a folder's contents by following these steps:

  1. Right-click in an open area of the details pane and select Sort By from the pop-up menu.
  2. Select how you want to sort: Name, Date Modified, Type, or Size.
  3. Select whether you want the contents sorted in Ascending or Descending order.
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