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How Do I Rearrange Icons In the Finder App After Enlarging Them?

Sometimes I want to enlarge the icons in my Finder app. For example, I’m looking at photos in the Pictures folder. The thumbnails fit inside the folder, but they can be very small. I launch Settings >> Show view options and increase the icon size. Now the thumbnails are big enough for my purposes. However, the rows of icons now extend beyond the right edge of the Finder window. So far, I have not found a way to rearrange the enlarged icons so they fit within the borders of the Finder window.

Yes, I can expand the Finder window, but shouldn’t there be something I can click to make the icons rearrange themselves to fit? I use a 2016 MacBook Pro that runs Catalina.

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Rearrange Icons In the Finder App After Enlarging Them?”

    2 years ago

    The positions of the icons are not going to automatically change because macOS is not going to move the icons for you. That would be very bad for people that place them in specific locations.

    However, if you simply go to View, Sort By, and change it to something like “Name” then you are telling macOS that you want it to reorder the icons for you in some way.

    2 years ago

    Huzzah! I opened a folder of pictures in Finder and enlarged the icons (just to confirm the behavior I’d described earlier). Sure enough, the icons ran off beyond the borders of the Finder window. Then checked “Sort by” and found that this folder was set to Sort by >> None. I clicked to sort by Name, and all my sheep ran back into the fold.

    Thanks, Gary!

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