Grouping in Windows Explorer

    June 23, 2003

The XP version of Windows Explorer makes finding files easier than ever by offering a Show in Groups option.

This option, which works hand-in-hand with the Arrange Icons By command, lets you arrange a file list according to whatever file detail you select. For example, if you have arranged a folder’s contents by file type, you can then choose the Show in Groups command to have MS Excel spreadsheets appear in one group, MS PowerPoint presentations appear in another group, and MS Word documents in another. (See example below.)

In the example below, the same folder’s contents have been arranged by name. Since Show in Groups is active, the files appear in a nice, neat list that is grouped alphabetically.

Show in Groups is available in the Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, and Details views. When working in folders that are crammed with files, this option makes finding files a snap!

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