General Change Folder Sort by View in Windows 11 File Explorer


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In Windows 11, you can change the sort by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder sorted by the name, date, date modified, size, type, 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.

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

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


Contents

  • Option One: Change Folder Sort by View from File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Two: Change Folder Sort by View from Context Menu
  • Option Three: Change Folder Sort by View from Column in Details Layout View




Option One

Change Folder Sort 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, and click/tap on an available detail (ex: "Name") you want to sort by. (see screenshot below)

To add or remove details to sort by, see:

Add or Remove Columns for Folder in Windows 11 File Explorer


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

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Option Two

Change Folder Sort 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 Sort by, and click/tap on an available detail (ex: "Name") you want to sort by. (see screenshot below)

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To add or remove details to sort by, see:

Add or Remove Columns for Folder in Windows 11 File Explorer


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

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Option Three

Change Folder Sort by View from Column in Details Layout View


This options is only available if the folder layout view is currently set to Details.


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

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

3 Click/tap on a column header with the detail (ex: "Name") you want to sort by. (see screenshot below)

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To add or remove details to sort by, see:

Add or Remove Columns for Folder in Windows 11 File Explorer


4 Click/tap on the same column header with the detail (ex: "Name") you want to sort by to toggle the Ascending (default) or Descending order you want. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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