How To Arrange Your Files In Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the cloud-based storage solutions that are widely used today. With that, it’s without a doubt that you often save and store work and school-related files using this.

Google Drive

However, like with any other type of storage, you probably experienced looking through it to find a certain file. Imagine the time you could’ve saved if you knew where to look for in the first place, right? That’s why with these steps, you’ll be able to arrange your files in a manner that would be more convenient to you.

All you have to do is follow it, and you’ll soon get a hold of it. 

Using your Computer

When you want to organize your Google Drive, you must first rearrange your files. If you’re using a computer and want to reorder your files, you can do so by following the steps outlined below.

1. Open your computer web browser then go to Google Drive.

To begin, launch a web browser and navigate to Google Drive. Following that, ensure that your account is logged in.

2. Click the title of the current sort on the top-right side of the file list.

When you log in to your account, you will see a list of all your existing files on the page. It is currently sorted alphabetically, which is the default setting. For a drop-down menu to appear, click the “Name” label on the top-right side of the list.

3. Select the option you want from the drop-down list.

There are four options labeled in the drop-down menu: name, last modified, last modified by me, and last opened by me. Choose how you want your files to be arranged and sorted from these options.

4. Tap the arrow beside the sort type title if you want to reverse the order.

After you’ve chosen a type of arrangement, you’ll notice an arrow next to its label. If you want to reverse the order, you must click this arrow.

Using the Mobile Application

This guideline is for you if you are currently using your mobile device and want to reorder the files on your drive. To successfully rearrange your existing files, follow this 4-step guide.

1. Tap the “Files” icon on the bottom of the screen.

You’ll notice four tabs at the bottom of your screen that will take you to various folders: Home, Starred, Shared, and Files. You must click on the “Files” tab to see a list of all your existing files.

2. Above the list of your files, click “Name” which is the default sort type.

The “Name” label will appear at the top of the list of your files, indicating that your files are currently organized alphabetically.  This is the default type of arrangement, but you can change it by clicking the “Name” label, which will bring up a menu list on your screen.

3. Choose which type of arrangement you want for your files.

The four arrangements you can apply to your files are name, last modified, last modified by me, and last opened by me. Choose one of the four options based on your preferences.

4. Click the arrow beside the sort type title to reverse the order.

You can reverse the order of your files after you’ve successfully sorted them according to your preferences by clicking the arrow beside the sort type title. Please keep in mind that changes will take effect immediately after you select an option.


Productivity can be affected by different factors, and one of these factors is proper management and organization. Picture yourself on a day when you suddenly feel that you want to accomplish something. You can feel the adrenaline rushing through your veins. However, upon opening up your drive, you realized that you still need to look for specific files to finish your tasks.

What a hassle, right? Especially if there are a bunch of files in there! After being able to locate them, you’ll soon feel like you’ve exerted too much effort already, leaving you no room for productivity. This is why organizing files is a must — it doesn’t only help you save time but also saves your efforts.