The Evaluator Groups Preferences page lets you create your own file grouping schemes that extend or replace the built-in grouping rules.

When the file display is set to group using a grouping scheme, its evaluation expression is invoked once per file or folder. In this evaluation context, the following variables are available:

Variable Type Description

column name


Most column keywords in the Date and Time, Name and Path, File Size, and General categories are available as variables in this evaluation context. Note that only basic information intrinsic to the file itself is provided - any columns referring to metadata that needs to be extracted from the file are not supported.



Returns the full name of the file the expression is being run for. This may be different from file which (as a column keyword), returns the value of the Name column (which e.g. may have file extensions hidden).



True if the expression is being run for a folder, false if it's being run for a file.



Contains the name of the grouping scheme.



This provides the value that the item is being grouped by. Its type varies depending on the column selected for grouping. For example, if grouping by filename, value would be a str string type and contain the item's filename.

The return value from the evaluation expression defines the group the item will be placed into.

  • If the group scheme uses static groups, this should be the group index (as an int) as shown in Preferences.
  • If the group scheme uses dynamic groups, this should be the name of the group (as a str).

For dynamic groups you can also return a value collection which defines both the group name and the group order. This lets you have dynamic groups that are sorted other than alphabetically.

For example, say you wanted groups "A" and "B", but for some reason wanted group "B" to come first.

To place an item in group "B" you might do this:

return [ name = "B"; order = 0; ];

And to place an item in group "A" you might do this:

return [ name = "A"; order = 1; ];

Group "B" would be sorted before group "A" because its order value is lower. The order value can be any data type - e.g. if grouping by a date column, you could return value as the order to sort the groups in date order.

You can also indicate whether groups should be expanded or collapsed by default, by including the collapse value in the returned collection. For example:

return [ name = "C"; order = 2; collapse = true; ];