View files and folders in Files on iPad
In the Files app , view and open your documents, images, and other files.
View recently opened files
Tap Recents at the bottom of the screen.
Browse and open files and folders
Tap Browse at the bottom of the screen, then tap an item in the Browse sidebar.
If you don’t see the Browse sidebar, tap Browse again.
To open a file, location, or folder, tap it.
Note: If you haven’t installed the app that created a file, a preview of the file opens in Quick Look.
For information about marking folders as favorites or adding tags, see Organize files and folders in Files on iPad.
Change how files and folders are sorted
From an open location or folder, drag down from the center of the screen, then tap Name, Date, Size, Kind, or Tags at the top of the screen.
Change to icon, list, or column view
From an open location or folder, drag down from the center of the screen, then do one of the following:
View as icons: Tap .
View as a list: Tap .
View as columns: Tap .
To look deeper into a folder hierarchy from the column view, tap an item in the rightmost column, then swipe left. To see a preview of a file along with its metadata (such as its kind and size), tap the file. (If the preview doesn’t appear in the rightmost column, swipe left.) To view the file and perform various actions on it without leaving Files, tap Open under the file preview.
Find a specific file or folder
Enter a filename, folder name, or document type in the search field.
When you search, you have these options:
Focus the scope of your search: Below the search field, tap Recents or the name of the location or tag.
Hide the keyboard and see more results on the screen: Tap .
Start a new search: Tap in the search field.
Open a result: Tap it.
Rearrange the Browse sidebar
Tap at the top of the sidebar, tap Edit, then do any of the following:
Hide a location: Turn the location off.
Delete a tag and remove it from all items: Tap next to the tag. (See Tag a file or folder.)
Remove an item from the Favorites list: Tap next to the item. (See Mark a folder as a favorite.)
Change the order of an item: Touch and hold , then drag it to a new position.