Tip of the week # 602
17 April 2020

Set the name of the person who created a file to be displayed in all folders (Windows 10)

I've always felt it was weird that Microsoft only provides details about an item's Name, Date Modified, Type and Size. If you share files with your colleagues it might be helpful to see the name of the person who created the item. I noticed that they didn't change that in Windows 10, so for those of you who would like to change the default settings I've updated and combined a few old tips.

Here's how:

  1. Open File Explorer. (WIN + E, anyone?)
  2. Open your folder or navigate to a shared drive, as normal.
  3. Right-click one of the column headings, such as Date modified.
  4. Select Authors from the drop-down list.
  5. If you want, repeat the process and unselect any of the less helpful columns, such as Size.
  6. Select the File tab and click on Change folder and search options.
  7. Click on the View tab.
  8. Click on the Apply to Folders button.
  9. When prompted click Yes, followed by OK.

The files are sorted in alphabetical order by name. To sort and group by Author, simply click on the Authors column heading. Click it again and you can flick between sorting in ascending and descending order. To only display files created by a particular person, click on the drop-down arrow next to Authors and tick the relevant check box.

Related tips

  1. Set all the folders on your computer to match the current folder's view settings - tip_105.php
  2. Quickly change the size of your Explorer window - tip_337.php
  3. Display the name of the person who saved a file - tip_439.php
  4. Top ten Microsoft Windows shortcuts - tip_564.php


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.