How to Sort Files Alphabetically in a Folder

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Windows Explorer allows files in a folder to be sorted alphabetically by the file's name. The files may be sorted in ascending or descending order. The following steps will show how to sort a file list in Windows Explorer and determine how a file list is sorted.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Bring up a Windows Explorer window and view your files in detail mode by clicking on the View menu item and then clicking on Details. Move the mouse cursor over the name column in the file list and left-click on it. The file list will now be sorted by file name.

  2. 2

    Look at the arrow just to the right of the word "Name" in the column heading. An upward pointing arrow means the file list is in ascending order by that column.

  3. 3

    Click on the file name column heading again, and the list will now be sorted by file name in descending order. Notice how the arrow now points downward to indicate the file list is sorted by the Name column in descending order.

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    Practice looking for the location and direction of the sort arrow when viewing a file list to know how it is sorted.

  5. 5

    Sort files in other view modes. Click in the View menu item and select Icons, List, Thumbnails or Tiles. Now move the mouse cursor over the menu item labeled Arrange Icons, move it over to the item in the next menu labeled Name and left-click the mouse button. A large dot on this menu will indicate the column in which these views are sorted.

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