SharePoint Online: How to Hide Folders in Document Library and Show All Files?

Requirement: Display all files without folders in the SharePoint Online document library.

When you have a complicated deep File-Folder structure, You may want to hide folders from the view and show all files without folders in the SharePoint document library view. Probably, you may wish to use Metadata instead of Folders!

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How to hide folder in SharePoint Online document library?

How to Hide Folders and Display Files from the Folders in SharePoint Online? Here is how to hide folders from SharePoint Online view and get flat files structure:

  • Create a new view, E.g. “All Files” or edit any existing view
  • Under the view settings, scroll down to “Folders” section >>> Set the option “Show all items without folders”
  • Click on “OK” button to save your changes.
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This suppresses all folders and gets files from all folders and sub-folders in a flat view. Please note, It’s not possible to hide just one folder in the SharePoint Online document library!

Be cautious when using this setting on bigger lists and libraries! When you show items without folders, You may end up “Listview threshold issue exceeded!” error.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

3 thoughts on “SharePoint Online: How to Hide Folders in Document Library and Show All Files?

  • Thanks for the guide–can you explain how to do the opposite? I want the default view of a library to be only the folders at the top of a folder hierarchy, and to only see the files within folders after clicking in to those folders.


  • Thanks Salaudeen,

    What it does for me: It merely hides empty folders.
    If there are folders with files (or folders) inside, I still see the folders.

    What’s the trick to show _all_ files without _any_ folders?


    • That sounds Odd! This setting should hide all folders and display files from all levels. Try creating a new library and set this configuration to make sure if there are some other settings caused the issue you are facing.


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