How to sort folders in SharePoint document library

This SharePoint tutorial explains, how to sort folders in the SharePoint document library.

In SharePoint, we can create a document library to store documents. And to organize documents we can create folders inside a document library in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 or SharePoint Online.

Recently while working in a SharePoint 2010 application, we created a document library in SharePoint and created various folders inside it. Now as per the requirement we need to sort folders in the document library. Here we will discuss how we can sort SharePoint 2010 document library folders.

Sort folders in SharePoint document library

For this, we have to first create a custom “Folder” content type in SharePoint 2010. Follow the steps:

Open your SharePoint site, Go to Site Settings. See in fig

sort folders in sharepoint document library

Click on Site Content Types. See in fig

sort folders in sharepoint 2010 document library

Now click on Create and give the name, what you want. In Parent content type = “folder content type” and then “folder”. See in fig.

sort folders in sharepoint 2013 document library

Create a new site column to be associated with this new content type. Call it “folder order” and make it a number column. See in fig

sort folders in sharepoint 2016 document library
sort folders in sharepoint online document library

Now go on your library settings and click on advanced settings. Change “allow management of content types” to yes. See in fig

sharepoint document library sort order

In the library settings “content types” section, click to add an existing content type, and pick that created by you call “My new folder”. See in fig

how to sort folders in sharepoint document library
how to sort folders in sharepoint online document library

Now in library advanced settings, change Display “New Folder” command on the New menu to No. See in fig

how to sort folders in sharepoint 2013 document library

Now add the existing site column in your library. See in fig

how to sort folders in sharepoint 2010 document library

Now in the “new” document drop-down box there is the ability to create a new folder, and that new folder has a “Sort order” column. See in fig

how to sort folders in sharepoint 2016 document library

Now add the column with the order. See in fig.

SharePoint document library folder sort order

Now see the folder structure before the sort order.

SharePoint sort folders alphabetically

Now sort the folder by folder order column from document library settings. See in fig

SharePoint document library sort folders

Now see the folder structure sorted by folder. See in fig

SharePoint online document library sort folders

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Here we discussed how to sort folders in the SharePoint document library. The same way we can sort folders in SharePoint 2010 document library, sort folders in SharePoint 2013 document library, sort folders in SharePoint 2016 document library or sort folders in SharePoint online document library.

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