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With the newest Windows 10 update, documents are organized according to the date they were last modified in File Explorer, such as “Today,” “Yesterday,” etc. Although it offers a convenient overview of all your files, some Windows 10 users may find it annoying. Thankfully, there is a way to remove these time-based settings or organize them in an entirely different way.

How to Remove Today Yesterday From File Explorer in Windows 10

In this article, we’ll show you how to remove “Today,” “Yesterday,” “Earlier this month,” and similar timeline groups in File Explorer. In addition, we’ll show you how to organize your File Explorer more efficiently.

How to Remove Today Yesterday From File Explorer

When you open File Explorer on your Windows 10, you’ll notice that your documents are separated by different date entries, such as “Today,” “Yesterday,” “Last week,” “Earlier this month,” “Last month,” and even “Earlier this year” and “A long time ago.” Even if you click on the “Name” column above to change the alphabetical order of the files, the timeline groups will still be there.

These titles divide your documents according to the last time you edited them. While this classification might be very useful when you need to find a file that you downloaded over a month ago, it could also be distracting and bothersome.

One of the reasons why this sorting system may not be to everyone’s liking is it doesn’t let you search for files by merely pressing the first letter of the document on the keyboard. For example, if you wanted to search for a file called “Financial report September 2021,” all you needed to do was to press the letter “F”, and it would take you to the first document starting with that letter. It may not be the exact document but it would still save you time since you wouldn’t have to scroll through every document.

But with the “Date modified” organization, this search option isn’t possible.

Fortunately, you can change this file organization type or simply remove it altogether. What’s more, it will only take a few moments. To remove the “Today,” “Yesterday,” and other timeline groups, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the File Explorer folder by clicking on the file icon on your bottom menu.

    Note: If File Explorer isn’t on the ribbon menu, look for it in the search bar in the bottom-left corner of your display.
  2. Go to the “View” tab in the upper-left corner of the folder.
  3. Proceed to the specific folder (such as Downloads) that you want to organize.
  4. Click on the “Group by” tab on the right side of the top menu. You’ll see different items on the list, such as “Name,” “Date,” “Type,” “Size,” and more. There will be a dot next to the “Date Modified” tab, meaning that it’s enabled.
  5. Click on the “(None)” item on the drop-down menu.

The timeline groups will immediately disappear from File Folder. Note that this will only change the sorting system in the folder you’re currently in. From this point, you can leave them as they are, or you can organize them by clicking on the “Name” tab.

If you want to restore the old classification, all you need to do is go back to the “Group by” tab and select “Date Modified” again. If you want the files to be organized according to the date they were downloaded or created, then choose “Date Taken” or “Date Created.”

How to Organize Your Documents in File Explorer

There are various ways to organize your documents in File Explorer. You should choose a classification that works best for you, and that will help you find your documents the fastest. Available file classification categories include the date they were last modified, the type of file, and its size.

The easiest way to organize all your files is by going to the “Group by” tab on the top ribbon. There, you will see the following categories: name, date, type, size, tags, date created, date modified, date taken, dimensions, rating, length, and (none). You can also choose whether the files will be displayed in ascending and descending order in each category (for instance, oldest date to newest date or vice versa).

One more way to organize your documents in File Explorer is by clicking on the “Name” tab above the first document. By clicking it once, you will arrange them in the A-to-Z order, and by clicking it a second time, you’ll get the opposite – Z-to-A order.

You can also choose which other types of information will be displayed next to the names. This can be achieved by right-clicking on the “Name tab.” You can include status, type, title, authors, date created, size, categories, tags, and similar. If you click on the “More…” option, you’ll be taken to a new window with all kinds of details. Even the width of each column can be changed.

Make Your File Explorer Accessible

The management and arrangement of all your files and documents in File Explorer may not be important to everyone. But for those who like to have an organized desktop and a specific overview of all their files, knowing how to sort your File Explorer can make a huge difference. That’s why it’s useful to know how to remove unnecessary details from your File Explorer.

Have you ever removed the “Today,” “Yesterday,” and other timeline groups from your File Explorer before? Did you organize all your documents in some other way? Let us know in the comments section below.


Directory structure

Folder Description May hold Windows performance logs, but on a default configuration, it is empty. 32-bit architecture: All programs (both 16-bit and 32-bit) are installed in this folder.

64-bit architecture: 64-bit programs are installed in this folder.

Appears on 64-bit editions of Windows. 32-bit and 16-bit programs are by default installed in this folder, even though 16-bit programs do not run on 64-bit Windows.[3]


Contains program data that is expected to be accessed by computer programs regardless of the user account in the context of which they run. For example, a program may store specific information needed to operate DVD recorders or image scanners connected to a computer, because all users use them. Windows itself uses this folder. For example, Windows Defender stores its virus definitions in . Programs do not have permission to store files in this folder, but have permission to create subfolders and store files in them. The organization of the files is at the discretion of the developer. User profile folders. This folder contains one subfolder for each user that has logged onto the system at least once. In addition, it has two other folders: "" and "" (hidden). It also has two folder like-items called "Default User" (an NTFS junction point to "Default" folder) and "All Users" (a NTFS symbolic link to "").
This folder serves as a buffer for users of a computer to share files. By default this folder is accessible to all users that can log on to the computer. Also, by default, this folder is shared over the network, although anonymous access (i.e. without a valid password-protected user account) to it is denied. This folder contains user data, not program data, meaning that users are expected to be sole decider of what is in this folder and how it is organized. It is unethical for a program to store its proprietary data here. (There are other folders dedicated to program data.)
This folder stores per-user application data and settings. The folder contains three subfolders: , , and . is for networked based logins for roaming profiles. Data saved in will synchronize to the computer when the user logs into that. and does not sync up with networked computers. [4]Windows itself is installed into this folder.
These folders store dynamic-link library (DLL) files that implement the core features of Windows and Windows API. Any time a program asks Windows to load a DLL file and do not specify a path, these folders are searched after program's own folder is searched.[5] "System" stores 16-bit DLLs and is normally empty on 64-bit editions of Windows. "System32" stores either 32-bit or 64-bit DLL files, depending on whether the Windows edition is 32-bit or 64-bit. "SysWOW64" only appears on 64-bit editions of Windows and stores 32-bit DLLs.[6]
This folder is officially called "Windows component store" and constitutes the majority of Windows. A copy of all Windows components, as well as all Windows updates and service packs is stored in this folder. Starting with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows automatically scavenges this folder to keep its size in check. For security reasons and to avoid the DLL Hell issue, Windows enforces very stringent requirements on how the files in this folder are organized.[7]

How many folders can I put in one Windows folder?

As far the theoretical capacities of NTFS are concerned, there is no problem.

The Microsoft article on Maximum Sizes on an NTFS Volume specifies that the maximum of files per volume is 4,294,967,295, and that should also be the maximum on folders. However, you would need an extremely fast computer with lots of RAM to be able to even view that folder in Explorer.

From my own experience, on a good computer of several years ago, viewing a folder with thousands of sub-folders took some dozen of seconds just to show the folder. I have no idea what would happen with 10 million sub-folders, but surely you would need a lot of patience even if the computer could handle it. Eventually.

I really suggest to rethink again your folder architecture.

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Hierarchical file system

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

Hierarchical file system

A hierarchical file system is how drives, folders, files, and other storage devices are organized and displayed on an operating system. In a hierarchical file system, the drives, folders, and files are displayed in groups, which allows the user to see only the files they're interested in seeing. For example, the picture shows the Windows directory (Windows\) folder hierarchy containing the System32, Tasks, and Web folders. Each of these folders could have hundreds of their own files, but unless they are opened the files are not displayed.

In GUI operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, the user expands a drive or folder to see its contents by double-clicking the icon. Once the file or program is located, double-click the icon to open the file or execute the program.

In a non-GUI operating system, such as MS-DOS or the Windows command line, the drive and directories are listed as text. For example, if you were on the C: drive and in the Windows spool directory, the MS-DOS path may look like the following example.


Console tree, Directory, Drive, File, File system, Operating system terms, Parent and child, Root, ZFS

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Share permissions in Windows 10

Sharing files and folders is both a basic and essential task performed by nearly all organizations on a daily basis. It allows organization employees to share organization resources based on their need to use them while simultaneously not sharing resources with outsiders and those who do not have a business need to use the resources. Windows 10 makes sharing files and folders easy by using share permissions to control who can use resources on organization networks. 

This article will detail share permissions in Windows 10. We’ll examine what share permissions are, who share permissions apply to, the different share permissions and the rights they confer, how to use share permissions to share a folder and how to use share permissions to share files with specific people, a new Windows 10 option. 

What are share permissions?

Share permissions manage folder and drive access over an organization network. These share permissions apply to the contents of a shared folder, meaning that you cannot granularly control file access in a share. 

Windows 10 users now can granularly share files on their system (in part due to network discovery) with specified users. Share permissions allow you to specify how many users can access the share and can be used with FAT, FAT32 and NTFS file systems. Each share permission can be configured to control access to shared resources by setting them to either “allow” or “deny” access. 

Please note that by default, all organization active directory users are in the user group “Everybody.”

Who do share permissions apply to?

Simply put, share permissions apply to potentially all users in an organization. Share permissions also apply to security groups alike. Security groups are created in Active Directory and make management of large groups of users easy.

What are the different share permission levels?

Windows 10 uses three different share permission levels — Read, Change and Full Control. Below is a summary of what these share permission levels convey to bother users and security groups.


This is the most basic share permission level and grants users the ability to view folder/subfolder names, read file data and run programs contained in the folder. By default, all organization users in the “Everybody” group are given Read permissions.


This share permission level conveys the second highest permission level to organization users. This includes permission to add (folders, subfolders and files), delete (folders, subfolders and files) and change data contained in files, as well as all permissions granted by the Read permission level. This share permission level must be assigned and is not default for users.

Full control

This is the highest share permission level that conveys the most permissions to users. Users in this group are given the permission to change NTFS folders and files, as well as all permissions that are conveyed by the both share permission levels explored above. The “Administrator” security group is assigned Full Control share permissions by default. 

How to use share permissions to share a folder

The best way to understand how share permissions work is to perform an all-too-common task for organizations that share network resources — that is, to share a network folder using Advanced Settings. 

  1. Use File Explorer to locate the folder you want to share, right-click on it and select Properties
  2. Click the Sharing tab
  3. Click on Advanced Sharing
  4. Check the Share this folder checkbox
  5. At this point, your folder is shared and users in the Everyone group will have read-only access. To assign any further permissions, click Permissions
  6. You are now looking at the Share Permissions window. Here, you can change the share permissions assigned to users and groups by first clicking on the item you want to modify and then using checkboxes to check which share permissions you want to assign. The first group you will see is Everyone, which is assigned the lowest-level share permissions
  7. Click Apply
  8. Click OK 

How to use share permissions to share a file 

A related change new in Windows 10 is how to share with specific people. This change applies to both files and folders. To share a file with a specific person:

  1. Use File Explorer to locate the file you want to share
  2. Hover over “Give access to”
  3. Select “Specific people”
  4. You will me prompted with the Network Access Wizard
  5. Select which user you want to share the file with
  6. Or click “Add” to add other users
  7. Click share

Permission levels can be set with a drop-down menu in the network access window. Specific users will then be prompted with their Windows credentials to access the shared file. 


Windows has brought share permissions over to Windows 10 for the convenience and organization it offers. It allows you to specify which users or security groups can use shared folders and files, and this can add some extra security dimensions to an organization network because of the inherent protection that tiered privileging can offer to file sharing. After all, you wouldn’t want an attacker who gains access to low-level privileges have full control over your shared folders and files.


Posted: April 29, 2020


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