Listing Area

The listing area in M-Files Desktop usually contains views and objects. The listing area and Windows File Explorer operate very similarly. One difference is that for an object in M-Files Desktop, you can use the arrowheads to show and hide related objects and files. There are two types of arrowheads: The filled arrowhead () shows that the object contains files and the hollow arrowhead () shows that the object has metadata-based relationships to other objects.

Sorting objects in the listing area

Objective Instructions
Change the sort order of the objects in the listing area. Click a column heading in the listing area.
Change the sort order to ascending or descending. Right-click a column heading and select a sort order.
Select secondary, tertiary, and other sort orders. Hold down the Ctrl key and click another column heading.
Add more columns to the listing area. Right-click on the column heading area and select Choose Columns.

For information on how the search results are grouped, see Search result grouping.

Listing area troubleshooting

If an item name in the listing area is shown in gray text, the full item path is too long for Windows (more than 259 characters). It is thus necessary to rename parts of it to make sure that the content operates properly. If you use Microsoft Windows 10 or later, you can ask your system administrator to enable longer item paths.

If the Size column for an object is empty, the size of the object is temporarily unknown. When the object is opened, the size of the object is updated in the Size column.