15 Tips For Using List View In the Mac Finder

The Finder's List view gives you a sortable list of files and folders with columns of data such as date, size and kind. You can sort by the columns, add new ones, and arrange them. You can also navigate down into subfolders using the cursor or keyboard. Learn some little-known tricks for using List View.

Comments: 8 Responses to “15 Tips For Using List View In the Mac Finder”

    Don Palmer
    11 months ago

    Just to let you know how very important your tips for both List and Column are to a non-Pro like me.

    ntb
    11 months ago

    In the drop down options for viewing files (in both List View and Column View) you explain the difference between ‘by Name’ and ‘None’ please? It seems to me to me that ‘None’ is also an alphabetical listing of the contents. Have I missed something here?

    11 months ago

    ntb: You can sort by Name, but there is no option to sort by None. That is a grouping option. You can group by None (grouping off) and you can group by Name.

    Steve Jameson
    10 months ago

    Fine work. Thanks for taking the time to make and post the tutorial.

    Mike BW
    1 month ago

    Gary,
    Do you know of any way to change the sort order via keyboard? For example, just like we can click on a column header in List View to go from ascending to descending, could the same be achieved by keyboard only?

    1 month ago

    Mike: Choose View, Sort By, then look at the options. To the right of them are keyboard shortcuts for each one.

    Mike BW
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks Gary,
    What I am actually trying to do is find a key stroke to change the direction of the sort in any of those selected columns. Currently the only way I know of to do that is to actually click on the name of the column, which for the Name sort, would change it from Alphabetical A-Z to reverse Z-A.

    4 weeks ago

    Mike: Oh, I see. No, I don’t see any way to do that with just the keyboard.

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