Fix Files Grouped by Date in Downloads Folder in File Explorer

In the new Windows 10 v1903 update, Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom changed the default Group By in the Downloads folder to Date Modified. This view makes it so that all the files are grouped by date and appear in descending order.

When grouped by date, all the files and folders are separated into user-friendly dates. For example, if you downloaded a file today, it will be grouped under the Today section. Files downloaded last week will be grouped under Last Week, and so on. Simply put, your most recent files will always appear on top.

You can actually see it in action if you open the Downloads folder after installing or upgrading to Windows 10 v1903.

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In theory, this makes it easy to find the recently downloaded files. However, the Date Modified grouping makes the files appear more cluttered. Moreover, finding files can be a bit harder, at least for me, if they are not recently downloaded. For example, I generally like to sort files in the downloads folder by their file types. When the files are grouped by date, even though the files are sorted by types, they are still grouped by dates.

So, if you are like me who don’t like the new Date Modified grouping, then follow the below steps to fix files in downloads folder grouped by date in file explorer.

Fix Files Grouped by Date Modified in Downloads Folder

The easiest way to fix the issue is to ungroup the files by deselecting the Date Modified option.

1. First, open the File Explorer and go the Downloads folder. You can click on the Downloads option under Quick Access.

2. Here, go to the “View” tab, click on the “Group” dropdown menu and select “None” from the list.

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3. That is it. As soon as you select None, the files will be ungrouped date wise and default to whatever view the Downloads folder is set to. In my case, the view is set to Details.

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As an alternative, you can also right-click on the empty space inside the file explorer and select “Group by -> None“. This action will instantly fix files grouped by date in the downloads folder.

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Hope that helps.

4 thoughts on “Fix Files Grouped by Date in Downloads Folder in File Explorer”

  1. Avatar for TTP

    Right, but how do you make it stay set to Group by “None” permanently? Every time I download a file or restart my PC, it just goes right back to Group by Date Modified. It’s very annoying.

    1. Avatar for Harry Ohrn

      If you haven’t found an answer yet try this, it works for me:
      Open the Downloads folder in explorer and right click anywhere in a blank space. Select Group by. Then select More ….. Next locate and uncheck the box that says Date Modified and click OK.

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