Explorer shows list of files in Documents regardless of which subfolder they're in

If I use Windows Explorer to navigate to C:\Users\[username]\Documents, then everything shows up fine. But when I open the Documents folder under Libraries, I'm getting a list of every file in my Documents regardless of which subfolder they're in.

The subfolders don't show up at all. I've never seen anything like this in Windows before. I don't remember changing anything aboutthis, and I can't find any options to change it back.

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