How to reorder folder groups in a library in Windows?

Libraries were first introduced in Windows 7 and the feature has been carried forward to Windows 8 and Windows 10. Libraries provide you a consolidated or aggregated view of related files in one place.

For example, you can have .mp3 files in multiple folders on your hard disk. By adding each folder containing the songs to the Music Library, you can access all of those files at the same time. You and sort them all by artist name or album title as a single group.

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Reorder folder groups in a library

Folders inside a library show up in the same order in which you included them.

rearrange folders inside a library

If you’d like to change the display order of folders inside a library or to sort them manually, you can do so using the library properties dialog.

Open File Explorer and expand Libraries. Right-click on a Library in the navigation pane, and click Properties.

Note: Libraries are hidden by default in the Windows 10 File Explorer navigation pane. See how to enable libraries in the File Explorer navigation pane in Windows 10.

In the Library properties dialog, you can re-arrange folders by dragging and dropping or using the “Move up” and “Move down” options in the right-click menu.

rearrange folders inside a library

Once rearranged, click OK to save your settings.

rearrange folders inside a library

The Library settings are stored in an XML file with *.library-ms extension using Library Description Schema, in the following folder:


You might also want to learn how to how to move Libraries above “This PC” in Windows 10 by altering the SortOrderIndex registry value.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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