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How to disable Group By Folder View in Windows 10 Explorer?

By Emmanuel Dairo | December 25, 2019 |

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With Windows Explorer on Windows 10, arranging your files and folders according to your preferred order is just a few clicks away. The operating system’s native file browser lets you do a lot of cool stuff in addition to the routine copy/paste/move and launch operations. When viewing a folder full of files or subfolders, you can cycle between multiple icon views (extra large, large, medium, small) or dispense with icons altogether and give prominence to details or file content. You can decide to sort your files according to one of the default attributes like name, type, size, and date modified or in ascending or descending order. You can also decide that you’d rather group similar items with each set of groupings ordered by name, size, type, etc.

From the foregoing, it is pretty clear that Windows Explorer places a lot of emphasis on the customizability of folder entries, thereby rendering the interface very easy to use and organized according to the tastes of individual users. The beauty of Explorer is that the sort, view and group options can easily be changed. A user unsatisfied with a certain view mode only needs to click the View option to make another selection.

In the same vein, users who don’t find any use for File Grouping can easily disable it if they wish.

How to disable file grouping in Windows 10 Explorer?

Turning off file grouping in Windows will undo all grouping arrangements and revert files and folders to their default order. This can be useful in certain situations where linear sorting proves to be a sufficient method of arranging files.

To turn off file grouping in Windows 10:

  • On your desktop, click the Windows Explorer icon to launch it or press Windows key + E.
  • Navigate to any folder of your choice whose files you want to degroup.
  • Click “View” at the top left to access the View tab.
  • In the View tab in the Current View group, click the Group By dropdown arrow to reveal a list of selectable attributes.
  • Select “None” from the list.

How to disable file grouping for all the folders in Windows 10

If you would like to make file grouping universally disabled across your system, you can do that too. Disabling file grouping in all your folders will undo all the “Group by” settings you have applied to any folder anywhere on your computer.

In order to successfully perform a systemwide file grouping disable, at least one folder structure should already be disabled. It then becomes a matter of applying the settings in that file folder across your entire system.

Here is how to disable file grouping for all files and folders in Windows 10:

  • On your desktop, click the Windows Explorer icon to launch it or press Windows key + E.
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  • Navigate to any folder of your choice that already has file grouping disabled.
  • Click “View” at the top left to access the View tab.
  • In the View tab in the “Show/hide” group, click on the “Options” icon.
  • In the Folder Options dialog, click “View” to access the View tab.
  • Click the “Apply to Folders” button to make the in-folder setting systemwide.
  • Click OK.

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How to enable local or universal file grouping

If you wish to enable file grouping again, just follow these steps:

  • On your desktop, click the Windows Explorer icon to launch it or press Windows key + E.
  • Navigate to any folder of your choice whose files you want to group.
  • Click “View” at the top left to access the View tab.
  • In the View tab in the Current View group, click the Group by dropdown arrow to reveal a list of selectable attributes.
  • Select your desired attribute from the list (date, type, size, etc.).

Once you’ve decided that you’d make your preferred file grouping attribute applicable across all files and folders, do the following to apply systemwide file grouping according to your preferences:

  • On your desktop, click the Windows Explorer icon to launch it or press Windows key + E.
  • Navigate to any folder of your choice that already has file grouping enabled.
  • Click “View” at the top left to access the View tab.
  • In the View tab in the “Show/hide” group, click on the “Options” icon.
  • In the Folder Options dialog, click “View” to access the View tab.
  • Click the “Reset Folders” button to make the in-folder setting systemwide.
  • Click OK.

Voila! You’ve got file grouping enabled according to your preferred view type. You can change your preferences at any time whether for individual folders or all of them in a single move.

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