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Can I change file display sort order?

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Dec 1, 2012 3:25 PM

I use OSX 10.8.2 and when I look at a list of my applications or any other group of files in Finder they are sorted assending like this.

Screenshot 12:1:12 3:18 PM.png

However when I look at the same files most any other way like opening a file in Numbers or Pages (or looking for an image to embed in the post) they lare sorted descending as is shownin this view of the bottom of the list.

Screenshot 12:1:12 3:21 PM.png

Is there any way to change the latter behavior?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), None
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 3:47 PM (in response to MartinLiss)

    Please repost your pictures, we can't see what you mean. However you can change the views by clicking one of the views in Finder, look in the upper left and then once in Finder clickScreen shot 2012-12-01 at 3.44.56 PM.png and sort using Name, Date Modified etc......

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 4:02 PM (in response to MartinLiss)

    MartinLiss wrote:


    Okay here they are in the order referred to above.


    Screenshot 12:1:12 3:18 PM.png



    Screenshot 12:1:12 3:21 PM.png


    BTW I'm aware of the display option but for example when I want to open a file in Numbers the list is sorted by Name but from Z to A rather than from A to Z.

    You aren't doing your screen shots correctly, look at your posts before posting there are no pictures showing. In Finder click the Name bar as I've illustrated below, notice my pictures have the files arranged alphabetically A-Z and Z-A by simply clicking the Name line:


    Screen shot 1.png


    Screen shot 2.png

  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 4:10 PM (in response to MartinLiss)

    Your question isn't a OS X or iMac question it's a Numbers question. Of course you can sort columns in Numbers, the first thing I'd recommend is re-posting in the correct forum, in this case it's the Numbers forum which is located at:



    I would also spend some time on the Numbers tutorial so you can learn the fundamentals. You can find a video tutorial at:


  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,500 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 4:16 PM (in response to MartinLiss)

    Your pictures aren't showing because you aren't using screen capture which is Command - Shift - 4 and then pasting them into this page using the camera icon in the forum.


    Screen shot 2012-12-01 at 4.15.13 PM.png

  • WelshGrass Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 5:19 AM (in response to MartinLiss)

    Hi Martin,


    Just found your thread and I think I have a similar problem (or just a failure to understand OS X as I'm new to it).


    I have set my default Finder views to coverflow and with items sorted by kind and then name (yup, an ex Windows Explorer user style!).


    Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 12.54.16.png


    However, if I use pretty much ANY other application the results are application specific. The example below from Word shows what I mean:


    Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 13.00.40.png


    The open file dialog just presents the files in alphabetical order.  To add insult to injury Finder "seems" to forget the view settings from time to time anyway.  Every so often, I use Automator to re-process the folders to how I like to see them (Coverflow, sorted by kind and then by name) as explained in this link.  There are many comments elsewhere on the forums about this apparent inability of Finder to present the filesystem in a consistent and in organised way.


    I'm thinking of switching to a 3rd Party form of Finder, if there is one, that will let me view the filesystem the way I want to.  Meanwhile, I'm sort of getting used to the vagaries of the way the filesystem is shown to me by Finder, etc. However, I must say this is the only annoying thing I've found in switching from Windows to OSX - and I'm soooo glad I've made the switch.




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