When I managed a SharePoint 2010 site, I could apply views to the document library web part. In SharePoint Online, I can create views but they are available only in the native document library, not in its rendition within the document library web part. We'd like to have the type name and description only in the web part rendition, but we cannot change that from type, name, modified, and modified by.
We are encountering a sort problem as well. When the document library displays within the web part, the folders are not bumped to the top. They become part of the alphabetic sort which also includes the document names. When the native document library displays, the folders are indeed bumped to the top. I cannot find any setting to manage the web part view of the document library. Is there such a thing?