How to Sort PDF Files

By Tommy Charles

Information encoded in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) can be viewed across operating systems and browsers. PDF files make it easy to display a large amount of data that is easy to index and search in a single document. Microsoft Windows makes it possible to group like PDFs together in a single folder. These documents can then be further sorted within the folder using several criteria to increase efficiency. Sorting PDFs in Microsoft Windows is a straightforward process.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows

Step 1

Left-click on "Start" and select "My Computer."

Step 2

Left-click on "File" and select "New Folder." Right-click on the the new folder that appears, then left-click on "Rename." Type "My PDFs" in the box and press "Enter."

Step 3

Double-left-click on the folder that you made in the previous step.

Step 4

Left-click on "Start" and select "My Computer." Adjust both Windows Explorer windows so that they are side by side. Navigate within the new window to locate all of the PDF files that you want to sort and drag each one into the folder titled "My PDFs."

Step 5

Sort the collection of PDFs by right clicking within the "My PDFs" folder and then left-clicking on the "Sort By" entry. Left-click on either "Name", "Date", "Type" or "Size" to sort the PDFs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Windows Vista or Windows 7 users can quickly locate all of the PDFs on their systems by left-clicking on "Start" and then typing ".pdf" within the search bar. Windows XP users can locate all of the PDFs on their systems by left-clicking on "Start," selecting "Search," and typing ".pdf" into the field provided.