Nov 21, · Open “Downloads” folder and right-click on empty area. 2. Now select “Group by” option to (None) in context menu. It’ll immediately remove date groups in “Downloads” folder. 3. If you also want to sort files by names, click on “Name” field present in the top details header as shown in following screenshot. May 28, · recently with the latest update the download folder shows like a timelime in my downloaded files, how do i remove them? Forums. New posts Search forums. Windows 10 Help and Support. how do i remove the dates in download folder?. Jul 15, · You can simply go to Downloads folder, right click on empty area and select Group by > None. However, it is worth to mention here that the Group by option in normal folders and in Save as window are different, so if you change the Group by to type in Downloads folder, it .
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Windows 10 introduced the new \”feature\” to group downloads by their date by default. From my experience there\’s not, ungrouping seems to be valid only for the current windows it has been set in. Whenever I simply start a new Windows Explorer-window and open the downloads folder, grouping is back in place. The same is with standard Windows dialogs like \”Save as\” in other applications.
After logging out and in again, after restarting etc. This problem ONLY happens with the downloads folder, no other is affected. Additionally, my installation is pretty much default, I did not move that folder somewhere else or anything. Especially write access to desktop. If not yet, please vote for fixing because this is massively annoying. I even read about people reverting to only because of this. You could try the following method. Did you actually try that and does it really fix the problem across opening new Windows Explorer-windows, new logins, restarts and stuff?
Because according to my research and tests it does NOT and the changes I make are only per window and temporary. In my opinion it\’s not and that\’s why it doesn\’t work permanently for anyone.
Else there would be some problem with people for whom it\’s not working, like me. I tried once more and this time made sure that really no other apps or else are running. Then I opened the Windows Explorer, moved to \”Downloads\”, disabled grouping in the context menu, made the tab with the settings of the second screenshot visible, checked disabled grouping there as well and stored the current settings for all folders of the current type like can be seen in the third screenshot.
In contrast to what I did before, and I\’m somewhat sure I did the same steps always, the current settings survived even a restart. I\’m pretty sure to not have closed all apps and windows in former attempts to change these settings, so this might have made a difference. Otherwise I might have made a mistake somewhere in the past. So people coming here, give the above a try, make sure that everything is closed and please note if it works or not.
I\’ve already read about other users in the past which claimed that the above did not work for them permanently. Maybe they didn\’t think of open apps and windows etc. Let\’s see if my settings stay the same they are currently permanently. Until otherwise I\’m going to accept this answer. But, if for whatever reason, that doesn\’t seem to work for you, you can try modifying the default temmplate.
That can be found in the registry at:. Any folder that was closed with the grouped view intact will save that view. To enusre all folders that use the Downloads template use your modifed template, execute the following PowerShell to delete the saved views:. I did some additional research using Process Monitor and found what I think are the default settings for that folder in the registry:.
As being defaults, those settings can\’t be changed there and are only writable by \”TrustedInstaller\”, which makes sense as those kind of settings has been stored per user in the past already. The key \”FolderTypes\” seems to contain a lot of standard views for all kinds of folder likes Pictures, Documents and dynamic changes of those like search results within those folders.
The key. Regarding my research they are in general: Whenever I click the button to apply changes for tall folders of the current type, Windows Explorer reads the registry for special keys and stores some new data.
First, the following keys are iterated:. That is exactly the one denoting the folder type for downloads. In my case, none of the above checked keys was present, instead the following was:. I deleted it, changed some data etc. The important point is with which data it gets recreated: The key stores a binary string containing values for \”Group By\” and sorting order and at least \”Group By\” seems to be a GUID again.
Consequently, whenever that 0-GUID is written to the registry, my downloads folder is grouped by creation date. With very few exceptions I don\’t now the rules for currently, whenever I disabled grouping in the downloads folder and stored that setting for all types of that folder, the 0-GUID has been written instead and disabled grouping has been lost.
Only in those very few exceptions a nonGUID has been written and grouping was successfully disabled for some time. Changing things back to disable grouping and I ended up with the 0-GUID back in the registry, ultimately enabling creation time based grouping again. It might work for some time under some circumstances, like it did for me for some days, but surely not permanently. Because changing the grouping to other aspects than creation time works, disabling grouping could be interpreted as something like \”remove all customizations\”, resulting in the 0-GUID.
But because the 0-GUID might map to default settings and those have changed to grouping, this actually enables grouping now always. Instead, like with changed grouping, disabling grouping would be a customization now resulting in some other than the 0-GUID to be used. That would clearly be a bug. OTOH, it might simply be that MS really doesn\’t want us to change the grouping of that special folder anymore and simply added code to always reset to use the default 0-GUID in the long term.
So existing windows could be changed for some time, but in the long term grouping always comes back because of the changed default settings.
In that case things work as designed, but are a very bad decision of course. Someone with access to the feedback-app should report this problem to Microsoft. I wonder why their own employees and devs don\’t get angry about that changed behaviour.
While your mentioned key gets created, it doesn\’t seem to reflect disabled grouping, only changed ones. Whenever I disable grouping, your mentioned key contains a 0-GUID which I guess maps back to the default settings, which enable grouping again. When instead of disabling grouping I change that to some other aspect like name or size, a nonGUID gets written into your mentioned key and that settings seems to be honoured.
At least for some time I guess. Changing the default settings is not an option of course, because those are restricted to TrustedInstaller only. It\’s most likely that changes there will be reset at some point, at least with upgrades. Those changes have been stored per user in the past, so if it\’s not possible anymore for this folder, that\’s clearly a bug or bad design decision. I\’m trying to read your post but really don\’t understand what you mean when you say \”the 0-GUID keeps getting written\”.
But Windows Explorer IS grouping even though 0 is stored in that key for all the parts you are mentioning. I\’m opening the downloads-folder, showing the view-ribbons, removing grouping, sorting by name, things look good, storing these current settings for all folders of these types, things still look good, clicking \”OK\” of the dialog and grouping is enabled instantly again.
Even though the registry contains all the 0-values you are mentioning and those values are available in the registry before clicking \”OK\” already and after clicking \”OK\” didn\’t have changed as well. Process Monitor doesn\’t show any \”Bags\”-keys being available and just to be sure I even executed your little script. Doesn\’t change anything, 0-values means enabled grouping and obviously this is for a lot of people. The web is full of complains about that changed default behaviour and full of people who are unable to change it back to their individual decision permanently.
That\’s exactly why I opened this question and with the 0-GUID being not a concrete value, but a reference to the default values instead, the observed behaviour would totally make sense. You can modify these without the permission issues found under HKLM. Did you open additional Windows Explorer-windows? Did you check additional apps using \”Save as Did you log on and off? Did you restart? Did the changes persist for longer than some hours or even days?
Those are the interesting questions, because things seem to work \”a bit\” for many people, but not permanently. I\’m in details view as well, else I wouldn\’t be able to sort by name by clicking on column headers.
And no, I don\’t have any MS-account. That doesn\’t change anything for \”Save as Opera, just checked, and does only make sense for Windows Explorer if the 0-GUID is in fact a reference to default values. If that changes anything permanently can\’t be said currently, because Windows Explorer worked for some days as expected in the past already. So working correctly now doesn\’t mean much. Instead, it\’s pretty likely that it doesn\’t work correctly permanently, because \”Save as That was not the case some days before.
I noticed that the search results in Downloads folder is also changed by something else for other folders, search results have view of \”Content\”, but Downloads folder has \”Details\” , but I cannot find it out. But Search Results for a particul ar folder save their view settings like other folders.
Are you sure you didn\’t get a Content view result at some point and swithch the view to Details? First, although I do not know the reason is if I click \”Apply to Folders\” in the folder options of Downloads, it will not copy the layout of Downloads to other folders with same type in my setting, Downloads is General Items, in default.
It means that Apply to Folders cannot work correctly on Downloads folder. And I use it to reset the settings on Downloads for test below. And it is an issue needs to be fixed. Second: I notice that if I use search box in Downloads folder, the search results will display in Details view. If I change it in results window to Content, it would be fine for all of later search actions, but when I click Apply to Folders Since I have removed the weird template, it will be reset to Name ascending without group if I click Apply to Folders, as I explained above , all of later search results will be set to Details view.
I tried it on my another PC with same win10 which does not remove the template, as a contrast , Apply to Folders will apply the default template on Downloads, and search results in Downloads folder will be set to Details view.
I find your post about group by for the Downloads folder through google search. I have being trying to learn how to use Process Monitor to monitor registry changes. But I\’m not able to add the correct filters to see the changes when I make setting settings to the Download folder. I was wondering if it possible that you can write a short steps on how to do that?
I know the basic of adding a filter for process name for app process or path for registry path filtering. You write it on this forum with the link to it or email me at magickenneth gmail.