How to Arrange Files in a Folder by Date

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One of the most common ways to arrange files on your computer is according to date. Windows has many sorting functions to arrange your files such as by name, date, type and size. Sorting your files by date allows you to stay organized while having quick access to your newest files.

  • Open the folder containing the files you wish to arrange.

  • Resize the window so it is large enough to view all the headings. Headings are at the top of the window, just below the address bar.

  • Click the heading "Date" or "Date Taken" to arrange your files.

  • Filter by a specific date by clicking the arrow above the "Date" heading.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the folder does not contain a heading labeled "Date" or "Date Taken," right-click the heading and select "More." Scroll through the list and check the box next to "Date." Click "OK" and then click the "Date" heading to arrange your files.
  • Folders classified as a media folder may not allow you to arrange files by date. To change the folder type, right click the folder and select "Properties." Click "Customize" and select the correct type of folder. Click "OK."

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