With the latest Windows 10 update, documents are organized by the date they were last modified in File Explorer, such as "Today", "Yesterday", etc. Although it offers a handy overview of all your files, some Windows 10 users may find it annoying. Luckily, there is a way to remove these time parameters or organize them in a totally different way.
In this article, we will show you how to delete "Today", "Yesterday", "Earlier this month" and similar timeline groups in File Explorer. Plus, we'll show you how to organize your File Explorer more efficiently.
When you open File Explorer on your Windows 10, you will notice that your documents are separated by different date entries, such as "Today", "Yesterday", "Last week", "Earlier this month- here”, “Last month”, and even “Earlier this year” and “A long time ago”. Even if you click on the "Name" column above to change the alphabetical order of the files, the timeline groups will still be there.
These titles divide your documents according to the last time you modified them. Although this classification can be very useful when you need to find a file that you downloaded more than a month ago, it can also be annoying and annoying.
One of the reasons why this sorting system may not appeal to everyone is that it does not allow you to search for files by simply pressing the first letter of the document on the keyboard. For example, if you wanted to search for a file titled “September 2022 Financial Report”, all you had to do was press the letter “F” and it would take you to the first document starting with that letter. It might not be the exact document, but it would still save you time because you wouldn't have to scroll through each document.
But with the "Date Modified" organization, this search option is not possible.
Luckily, you can change this type of file organization or just remove it altogether. Moreover, it will only take a few moments. To delete "Today", "Yesterday" and other timeline groups, follow these steps:
- Open the File Explorer folder by clicking the file icon in your bottom menu.
Notes: If File Explorer is not in the ribbon menu, search for it in the search bar in the lower left corner of your screen.
- Go to the "View" tab in the upper left corner of the folder.
- Navigate to the specific folder (such as Downloads) that you want to organize.
- Click on the “Group by” tab on the right side of the top menu. You will see different items on the list, such as "Name", "Date", "Type", "Size", and more. There will be a dot next to the "Date Modified" tab, meaning it's enabled.
- Click on the “(None)” item in the drop-down menu.
The timeline groups will immediately disappear from the file folder. Note that this will only change the sorting system in the folder you are currently in. From this point, you can leave them as they are, or you can organize them by clicking on the "Name" tab.
If you want to restore the old classification, just go back to the “Group by” tab and select “Date modified” again. If you want the files to be organized by the date they were uploaded or created, choose "Date taken" or "Date created".
There are different ways to organize your documents in File Explorer. You should choose a classification that suits you best and that will help you find your documents as quickly as possible. Available file classification categories include last modified date, file type, and file size.
The easiest way to organize all your files is to go to the "Group by" tab on the top ribbon. There you will see the following categories: Name, Date, Type, Size, Tags, Date Created, Date Modified, Date Taken, Dimensions, Rating, Length, and (None). You can also choose whether files will be displayed in ascending and descending order within each category (for example, from oldest date to newest date or vice versa).
Another way to organize your documents in File Explorer is to click on the “Name” tab above the first document. Clicking it once will arrange them in A to Z order, and clicking it a second time will get you the reverse – Z to A order.
You can also choose what other types of information will be displayed next to names. This can be done by right-clicking on the "Name" tab. You can include status, type, title, authors, creation date, size, categories, tags, etc. If you click on the “More…” option, you will be redirected to a new window with all kinds of details. Even the width of each column can be changed.
Managing and arranging all your files and documents in File Explorer may not be important to everyone. But for those who like to have an organized desktop and a specific overview of all their files, knowing how to sort your File Explorer can make a huge difference. That's why it's useful to know how to remove unnecessary details from your File Explorer.
Have you ever deleted "Today", "Yesterday" and other timeline groups from your File Explorer? Have you organized all your documents in another way? Let us know in the comments section below.