5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2007 5:27 PM by Robert Schwenkler
Robert Schwenkler Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Spotlight seems to sort date by when file was last opened. How do I get spotlight to sort by last edit date of the file?

imac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • 1. Re: spotlight last edit date
    Day 3000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunatley I don't have an answer for you, but please could you let me know if anyone responds because its really annoying me now!

    I'm very impressed with spotlight, but i'm really let down by the fact it always wants to sort files by "date opened" instead of "date modified". Even if you actually specify the search criteria as "date modified", it still insists on displaying by "date opened", which is just pointless!!! I don't really don't know why they changed it. It makes what used to be a simple task now very tedious...


    iMac G5   Mac OS X (10.4.3)   Less than 6 months old and already out of date...
  • 2. Try the following...
    Dr. Smoke Level 9 Level 9 (56,585 points)
    Hi, Robert.

    Perform your search in Find (Finder > Command-F). When you have the results, click View > As List or press Command-2. Then sort the results by Date Modified by clicking on that column in the results list. If the Date Modified column is unavailable, add it using View > Show View Options (Command-J).

    You can also search on Date Modified by using the Last Modified search criterion in Find.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Smoke
    Author: Troubleshooting Mac® OS X
  • 3. Re: Try the following...
    Day 3000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Dr Smoke

    You have saved my life...
  • 4. Re: Try the following...
    Robert Schwenkler Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Great thanks... I guess there is no direct solution in spotlight but this is a good workaround... the other feature I found a pain in the find is that I usually do my find for file name. In windows this was the default option for find within folders. But w/spotlight or os x file find it's not and I have to go thru the motion of switching to name find. I made a smart folder for find by name but then have to edit it each time to get what I want to search for... any helpful hints here?
  • 5. Re: spotlight last edit date
    Robert Schwenkler Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Final fix is in Leopard... It does the job!
    1. spotlight now opens up the finder window when you clik on show all
    2. and the finder window has strait up choice to search by contains or by file name and of you can sort by date too