General Change Folder Group by View in Windows 11 File Explorer


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In Windows 11, you can change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder grouped by the name, date, date modified, size, type, total size (build 22494), and more file detail you want, and have all items in the folder arranged in ascending (alphabetical ) or descending order.

The exact details available for a folder will vary depending on the template the folder is optimized for.

When you have a folder's contents in groups, you can expand (show) or collapse (hide) a group or all groups in the opened folder window.

Each separate folder will remember its group by view as set when last closed.

This tutorial will show you how to change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Folder Group by View from File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Two: Change Folder Group by View from Context Menu


EXAMPLE: Folder with group by (None) and Name
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Group_by_name.png





Option One

Change Folder Group by View from File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the sort by view of.

3 Click/tap on Sort on the command bar, click/tap on Group by, and click/tap on an available detail (ex: "Name") you want to group by. (see screenshot below)

(None) will ungroup all items in the folder.

(None) will only be available if you currently have items in the folder grouped by a detail (ex: "Name").


Group_by_File_Explorer_command_bar-1.png

4 Click/tap on Sort on the command bar, click/tap on Group by, and click/tap on Ascending (default) or Descending for the order you want. (see screenshot below)

Group_by_File_Explorer_command_bar-2.png




Option Two

Change Folder Group by View from Context Menu


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Open the folder you want to change the sort by view of.

3 Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the folder's background, click/tap on Group by, and click/tap on an available detail (ex: "Name") you want to group by. (see screenshot below)

(None) will ungroup all items in the folder.

(None) will only be available if you currently have items in the folder grouped by a detail (ex: "Name").


Group_by_File_Explorer_context_menu-1.png

You can click/tap on More to choose details to add (check) and remove (uncheck) as available, and click/tap on OK to apply.

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4 Right click or press and hold on an empty area of the folder's background, click/tap on Group by, and click/tap on Ascending (default) or Descending for the order you want. (see screenshot below)

Group_by_File_Explorer_context_menu-2.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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LesFerch

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After the 22H2 update I no longer see the item count (that should be in parenthesis) beside each group heading. Can anyone else confirm?
 

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After the 22H2 update I no longer see the item count (that should be in parenthesis) beside each group heading. Can anyone else confirm?

Hmm, I don't see them anymore in build 25217 either.
 

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Hi,

I also rely on the item count in parenthesis a lot as LesFerch described. Is there any way to get this back?

Thanks,

EDIT: I confirm that this is happening to me after the 25217 build as well.
 

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