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Sorting and Grouping Files

In Explorer windows, files and folders appear sorted or grouped by different attributes, such as name or type, in the different views, such as Icons (Extra large, Large, Medium, or Small), List, Details, Tiles, and Content. You can select the attributes you want to use and then select whether to display the files and folders in ascending (A-Z) or descending (Z-A) order. You can use the Sort by or Group by buttons on the View tab to specify the options you want to apply to the current folder. The Sort by and Group by options are the same. However, the available options vary depending on the selected folder type, such as a Documents or Pictures folder.

Sort Files and Folders

  • yellow_1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow_2.jpg Open the folder that contains the files you want to group.
  • yellow_3.jpg Click or tap the Sort by button on the View tab.
  • yellow_4.jpg Select a sort by option on the menu.

    • Options. Select an option, such as name, Date, Size, Type, Date modified, and Dimensions.

      The available options vary depending on the selected folder type.

    • Ascending. Select to sort items in ascending order A-Z.
    • Descending. Select to sort items in descending order Z-A.
    • Choose columns. Select to customize the columns shown in Details view.

Group Files and Folders

  • yellow_1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow_2.jpg Open the folder that contains the files you want to group.
  • yellow_3.jpg Click or tap the Group by button on the View tab.
  • yellow_4.jpg Select a group by option on the menu.

    • Options. Select an option, such as name, Date, Size, Type, Date modified, and Dimensions.

      The available options vary depending on the selected folder type.

    • (None). Select to remove the group by option.
    • Ascending. Select to group items in ascending order A-Z.
    • Descending. Select to group items in descending order Z-A.
    • Choose columns. Select to customize the columns shown in Details view.
  • yellow_5.jpg Click the Collapse or Expand arrow next to the heading to collapse or expand the grouping.

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