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How to Change Folder View Settings in File Explorer

In Windows, customize the views of folders and folder contents in Windows Explorer, to make sorting through all your files easier. Follow this guide to learn how to add or remove columns, change the folder Sort by or Group by view of items in your folders.

How to Add or Remove Columns in File Explorer

You can add or remove columns to modify file explorer by using the steps below:

Step 1: Click the File Explorer icon on the taskbar to open File Explorer.

Open File Explorer

Step 2: Click on View tab, click on Details, then click on Add Columns button.

Add columns

Step 3: From the drop-down menu, click on Choose columns to open the following Choose Details box.

Choose columns

Step 4: Select the details that you wish to display for the items in this folder like Dimesions.

Select the details

Step 5: Once you have made all the desired changes, click OK.

How to Sort the Contents of a Window from File Explorer Ribbon

Use these steps to change folder sort by/group by view from File Explorer Ribbon.

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

Step 2: Click the View tab, click on Sort by in the ribbon, and then click on the detail that you want the order for items in this folder to be sorted by.

Step 3: Select to sort items in this folder by ascending (default) or descending order with the selected detail.

Change folder sort by view

Use the same steps as above, but this time, select Group by, you can change folder group by view.

Group the Contents of a Window

How to Group the Contents of a Window from Context Menu

Use these steps to change folder sort by or group by view from Context Menu.

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

Step 2: Right click on an empty area inside the folder, click on Group by, and click on the detail that you want the order for items in this folder to be grouped by.

Step 3: Select to group items in this folder by ascending (default) or descending order with the selected detail.

Group by view content