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Settings - default sort by name

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  • Jim Mueller

    You tok the words out of my mouth!  HOW the heck can we set that as a default?

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  • Ann

    Hi Diane, 

    Welcome to the Box Community and thanks for your post in the forum!

    You can sort your files and folders by Name, Date Modified, and Size. Simply click the appropriate header to sort. Click the squares icon to show the files in a grid image format. Click the lines icon to show the files in a list format. 

    For numbered files that go into double digits (or higher), "0" must be used to fill digit spaces for the numbers to display correctly. For example, if you have a list of items that goes to 15, use "01" instead of "1" for the order to display correctly.


    Note: The sort configuration is based on what is set on the All Files page. If you have it sorted by date on the All Files page, then all contents within folders will follow that format. In a single session you can sort by name, but as soon as that folder is closed, it will go back to date.

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  • Charmaine

    a post from another thread (2 years ago)... so far it is working for me.


    Is there a way to save sort preferences? – Box Support

    "ok , a bit random , but if you navigate to "All Files" or where you start when you initially login , and set the sort order there , it will "sticks" when you navigate to other pages.


    I've no idea why but it seems to work"


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  • Studiopolis Delivery

    I found the the sort preference one sets in the "All Files" view is applied to all Box folders as the default. If you desire a default alphabetical sort, go to All Files and sort by Name. When you refresh or return to other folders, they should be sorted by name too.

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  • Evelyn Farez

    I just need to sort my set of folders alphabetically - so the ALL Files setting isn't possible. 

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