Add columns to File & Folder View in Windows

I quite often come across PC users that do not realise that they have a variety of options when listing a folder or disk drive in the standard Windows view.

The most useful of these options is to sort the list by any of the columns shown. Second nature to many of us but if you’ve never been shown that you can sort on that column how would you know (so don’t mock!!)?

Let’s look at a standard Documents window…


The default is to sort it alphabetically but it may be more useful to sort it by date that the folders (or files) were modified.

To achieve this simply left click on the Date Modified label text.


This is the same content as above but it is now sorted by Date Modified – latest first (at the top).

Note the small black arrow next to the Date modified text – this shows that the list is sorted by that column with the latest first.

If you click again on this column the arrow will point the other way around and the list will reverse to oldest first…


This simple task can be very handy for sorting and finding files.
(Note that a folder is shown in yellow and has no ‘size’ data but files are shown with size data and with the icon for the application that opens the file type)

An extension of this is to add more columns – we are not just limited to those shown above.

The process for this varies slightly by Windows version but Right Click on the mouse in the header row works across the different versions.

Here I have right clicked on Name at the top…


We are now presented with a list of ‘common’ column titles that we can use.
To add a column just left click on it.

We can also see many more categories by clicking on ‘More’…


As you will see there are many options (although which options are populated depend on file type).

In the example below I have added a Date Created column and clicked on it to sort by it…



So as you can see there are many ways to quickly sort and display our files and folders.

Hope this helps.

Taff Lovesey (Fantasy Novels)

About taffybach

Author of the young adult fantasy novel series, The Portal Chronicles, including The Spider Gem and The Shimmering Gate. When not writing and promoting Taff runs a small IT support company, LITES PC based in Bourne UK.
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