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How to Change the Group by View of a Folder in Windows 10

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In Windows, you can change the template, column width, Group by, Sort by, and layout view of items in your folders to how you like.

In addition to sorting, you can also group files by property. Like sorting, grouping won't significantly change the way files are displayed. It just breaks them into different sections, depending on which property detail you choose. So, if you have a folder full of text documents, you might want to group them by type to see which app was used to create them. Or, if you're dealing with photos, you can group them by date to separate them by the date they were taken.

This tutorial will show you how to change the group by view of items in a folder in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

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Included folders in a library will all share the same group by view.

If you want to remove the grouping separation in a folder or library, you select to Group by -> (None).


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Change Folder Group by View from File Explorer Ribbon
  • Option Two: To Change Folder Group by View from Context Menu







Folder Group by View - Change in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Folder Group by View - Change in Windows 10
To Change Folder Group by View from File Explorer Ribbon

1. In File Explorer, open the folder you want to change the group by view of its content.

2. Click/tap on the View tab (Alt+V). (see screenshot below step 4)

3. Click/tap on Group by in the ribbon, and click/tap on the detail (ex: Name) you want to group items by in this folder. (see screenshot below step 4)
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You can also click/tap on Choose columns to be able to select to add or remove more details to sort by with, and add or remove as columns when in details layout view.

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4. Select to group items in this folder by ascending (default) or descending order with the selected detail (ex: Name) from step 3. (see screenshot below)

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Folder Group by View - Change in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Folder Group by View - Change in Windows 10
To Change Folder Sort by View from Context Menu

1. In File Explorer, open the folder you want to change the group by view of its content.

2. Right click or press and hold on an empty area inside the folder, click/tap on Group by, and click/tap on the detail (ex: Name) you want to group items by in this folder. (see screenshot below step 3)
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You can also click/tap on More... to be able to select to add or remove more details to group by with, and add or remove as columns when in details layout view.

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3. Select to group items in this folder by ascending (default) or descending order with the selected detail (ex: Name) from step 2. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn