Change views on the OneDrive website

Change views on the OneDrive website

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You can view files on the OneDrive website in lots of different ways. To make it easier to find files, you can browse, sort, and change how the items appear. You can also view details or change the language.

Note: This information is for the website. For information regarding the mobile app, refer to Use OneDrive for Android or Use OneDrive for iOS.

Browse items

The left pane lets you filter your view of items in OneDrive.

  • Files - See all of your OneDrive files and folders.

  • Recent - See which Office documents you've opened most recently, whether you've modified them or not.

  • Photos - See all photos across your OneDrive arranged by date.

    • To show only photos from a certain folder in this view, select the arrow next to Folder in the upper-right corner, and then choose the folder.

    • To save the setting for all your future visits to the OneDrive website, choose Set as default.

    Note: The Photos option is only available if you are signed in with a Microsoft account.

  • Discover - See what's trending around you, based on who you work with and what you're working on.

    Note: The Discover option is only available if you are signed in with a work or school account.

  • Shared - See items that you've shared with other people and that other people have shared with you.

  • Recycle bin - See items and folders that you've deleted.

Sort items

Documents are typically sorted by name, and photos are typically sorted by the date they were created. But you can change how they're sorted in the List view.

  • Select a column header, then select the display order you prefer. (For example, select the Name header, then select A to Z or Z to A.)

  • Alternately, select Sort to specify the order your files are displayed in, such as by Name, Modified, or Sharing. You can also select Sort > Rearrange to drag items into any order you want, and then save that order.

    Note: The Sort and Rearrange options are only available if you are signed in with a Microsoft account.

Resize columns

File names can be rather long, so you can adjust how wide the columns are while in OneDrive's List view.

  1. Mouse over the edge of the column header for the column you want to adjust (such as Name).

  2. When your cursor changes to a side-to-side arrow, left-click and drag the column edge to adjust its width.

Viewing options

There are four different viewing options. Select  OneDrive web viewing options  on the top menu bar to display the options:

  • Select  OneDrive web viewing options  to display contents as a list

  • Select  OneDrive web viewing options  to display contents as compact list

  • Select  OneDrive web viewing options  to show image thumbnails and previews as tiles

  • Select  OneDrive web viewing options  to show large images


  • The View options icon changes depending on the view you are currently using, and the options you see depend on whether you’re signed in to OneDrive with a Microsoft account, or a work or school account.)

  • can only show image previews if the image size is less than 100MB (approximately 12000 x 8000 pixels).

Read more about File types supported for previewing files in OneDrive.

View details

To display more information about items you select, select Information Information to open the Details pane. The Details pane displays sharing information and much more. For photos, you can see information such as the camera used and camera settings. For photos taken on a phone, you might see location information. And for some photos, you might even see text that was extracted from the photo.

Change language

If you are signed in with a Microsoft account, to view the OneDrive website in a different language:

  1. Select Settings at the top of the page, then select the language currently displayed.

  2. Choose your language, press Select, and follow the prompts.

Note: For OneDrive for work or school, your language is set for Microsoft 365 rather than for OneDrive individually. For more information, refer to Change your display language and time zone in Office 365 for Business.

Need more help?


Get online help
See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for work or school.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

OneDrive Admins can also view the OneDrive Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Admins.

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Contact Support
If you still need help, contact support through your browser or shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app.

OneDrive Admins can contact Microsoft 365 for business support.

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Got feedback?
OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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