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Fixing libraries view to group by source folder again

  1. #1


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    8.1

    Fixing libraries view to group by source folder again


    I did this before and fixed it but can't remember how.


    I was in some folder with a lot of photos so I decided to group it by date. Which was great.


    Problem is, now ALL my libraries are also grouped by date.. and I can't figure out how to group them by source folder again.


    Right now my libraries are a mess, each library looks just like one big folder.


    If my library is made of C:\A, C:\B, C:\C


    then I want it displayed as:


    C:\A [files]


    C:\B [files]


    C:\C [files]


    right now it is is just


    [all files]


    How can I restore this separated view? thanks

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  2. #2


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    Hello ycomp,

    Test setting them with Group by -> Folder path to see if that gets you it.

    Sort by, Group by, and Arrange by Items in Windows 8 File Explorer
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    8.1


    very strange... I tried that (all of the different group by folder options) before posting since I didn't want to waste people's time being an idiot - and it didn't work. But now I tried it again, and it works... I'm sure I did try it though - in fact, I didn't have to set it up because I already had that column set up from trying before. thanks
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    Great news.
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    8.1


    ah, I see why... it works on some libraries but not all.

    Is there a way to make it a default for all libraries?

    oh, strange... now it does work... it's like I have to try twice on some (including I think leaving the folder and coming back to it )

    but I have many libraries, and I'm not against going in and manually changing each one's view but next time I group some folder somewhere and it cascades across my libraries - it will be a pain to go manually change them all again. So, how can I change the view for all libraries?
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    oh, somehow now they are all again grouped correctly by folder ... don't know what I did - maybe it pays attention to how the documents library is configured.
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    Grouping by folder name doesn't work the way I wanted... it groups alphabetically... but I prefer the original library folder order because I arranged them in the folder setup by order of importance.

    the correct answer is:

    right click / arrange by / clear changes


    just in case anyone else wanders by with this problem
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Fixing libraries view to group by source folder again
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