Every time I create a new folder in the Finder and add files there, by default the contents are “unorganized” (when the view option is set to “as Icons”). I need to right-click and use either “Sort by” or “Clean up by” functions to make my folder look organized. Is there a way I set all the folders to “Clean up by
By the way, is there a difference between “Sort by” and “Clean up by” functions?
Clean Up By is an action. You do it, and it cleans things up right there and then. Then it is over. You can now move things as you like.
Sort By is a setting. If you turn it on, then things in that folder stay sorted like that.
Next time you want to do this, go to View, Show View Options. Use Sort By there. But before you do anything else, use the Use As Defaults button at the bottom of the View Options.
Note that what this should do is to set the Sort By default for new folders. It won't change existing folders and may also not work when you create a folder in Column or List view. It depends on a lot of factors. But give it a try.
Thank you, Gary. That is very helpful. I applied the "Sort By Name" to "Use As Defaults"!