General Change Folder Order in File Explorer Gallery Collection drop menu in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to change the order of folders in the File Explorer Gallery collection drop menu for your account in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, Microsoft is introducing Gallery, a new feature in File Explorer designed to make it easy to access your photo collection. The content in Gallery is the same as what you see in the All Photos view in the Photos app. Your most recently taken photos appear at the top of Gallery. This includes photos from your phone if you have OneDrive Camera Roll Backup set up.

Your Gallery collection is shared between Gallery in File Explorer, Pictures library, and the Photos app.

You can manage your Gallery by adding or removing folders from locations across your PC. Folders added to Gallery will still be stored in their original locations.

You can choose which folder(s) are shown in Gallery through the Collection dropdown.

You can reorder folders in the Gallery collection drop menu to appear in any order you want.


EXAMPLE: Gallery collection drop menu folder order

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Here's How:

1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Click/tap on Gallery in the navigation pane. (see screenshot below step 4)

3 Click/tap on Collection on the command bar, and click/tap on Manage collection. (see screenshot below)

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4 Right click on the folder you want to move. (see screenshot below)

5 Click/tap on Move up or Move down for what you want.

6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the folders are in the order you want.

7 When finished, click/tap on OK to apply.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Does anyone know how to use this new Gallery feature in File Explorer without having to turn on indexing?
I'm using really fast M.2 NVME drives, which I've ready from many sources won't require indexing, and I don't need the added memory load and potentially reduced drive life.
Any workarounds?
 

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Does anyone know how to use this new Gallery feature in File Explorer without having to turn on indexing?
I'm using really fast M.2 NVME drives, which I've ready from many sources won't require indexing, and I don't need the added memory load and potentially reduced drive life.
Any workarounds?

Hello Globespy, :alien:

Gallery is still working for me with Indexing disabled like below. Gallery is basically nothing more than a library.

 

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