How To Sort Files in the Finder on a Mac

To get the most from the Mac Finder you should know how to quickly sort your files in the Finder window. Learn how to do it in the various Finder views and some tips and tricks.

Comments: 8 Responses to “How To Sort Files in the Finder on a Mac”

    Sheldon
    1 month ago

    Thanks bunches

    Tom Booth
    1 month ago

    Is there a way to force list view sorting to always put folders on top - sorted alphabetically with files not in a folder also alphabetically below the folders?

    1 month ago

    Tom: The setting is in Finder, Settings, Advanced.

    Linda
    1 month ago

    Thank you Gary
    Itā€™s very useful But I have to go over many times to understand and needs lots practice on it I let you know if I have learn to do it right.

    Mellissa
    2 weeks ago

    I want to view who modified a document last. However, the "last modified by" is greyed out. I can't select the box. Help?

    2 weeks ago

    Mellissa: Files don't keep track of who modified them like that. I'm not sure of your situation where you see "Last Modified By" grayed out. In the Menu Bar under View, Sort By? What other things are going on?

    Mellissa
    2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for answering my question! I took a screen shot to show you what I was talking about, but it won't upload. When you click View/Show View Options it brings up check boxes of different columns you can add/remove (among other things). One of check boxes is "Last Modified By." However, on my computer this is greyed out and I can't select it. Do you know how to fix this?

    2 weeks ago

    Mellissa: If it is grayed out, then it means that the situation you are in can't use that option. So think about the situation. What location, which Finder view, what other options are selected, etc.

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