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hotwheels 22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 11, 2012 7:50 PM

I would like to sort these folders in some kind of alphabetical order. i see that I can order these manually (not convenient) and I am not finding a good option in the View pulldown.

 

Anyone know how to do this?

 

Thanks

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,960 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 7:53 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    For an open folder press COMMAND-J, select Name from the Sort by: dropdown menu.

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 8:00 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Kappy wrote:

     

    For an open folder press COMMAND-J, select Name from the Sort by: dropdown menu.

    Mm, let me peer in my crystall ball (finally got it working!)… The OP is talking about Mail.app.

    hotwheels 22

     

    I would like to sort these folders in some kind of alphabetical order

    Mail.app should sort them alphabetically. But there've been a thread or two about some glitches with that -- try searching the forum. Btw, a screen shot might possibly help.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,960 points)
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    Mar 11, 2012 8:12 PM (in response to fane_j)

    Aren't you special.

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Mar 12, 2012 7:04 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:

     

    took a look

    Sorry, but, as you know, I can't access Dropbox. (By contrast, I can view pics posted in the usual way.) All I can tell you is that my mailboxes are sorted alphabetically as I expected and I didn't need to make any modifications.

     

    If you have more extensive requirements than Mail.app provides, maybe you should have a look at

     

    MailHub

    <http://www.dervishsoftware.com/>

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Mar 13, 2012 3:15 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    hotwheels 22 wrote:

     

    I am not sure what the problem is with dropbox for you.

    Does the phrase "Golden Shield" have any meaning for you? If not, google it.

    i am under the impression that I cannot post directly to the forum is this right?

    Yes, you can. That's what this icon

    Screen shot 2012-03-14 at 06.11.11.png

    is for.

    I am not talking about the mailboxes. Sorry as I may not have been clear about this. I am talking about the /folders/ that I have placed mail into that are under one of my accounts.

    From Mail Help > Creating mailboxes:

     

    "You can create mailboxes to organize messages. […] Mailboxes are listed in the Mail sidebar. They look like folders but they store messages instead of files."


  • Hari Dass Khalsa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 16, 2012 2:01 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Worked on this for a while.

     

    In the Finder:

    Go to ~/Library/Mail/V2/Mailboxes

    At the top of the window used the Setting Dropdown menu and Arrange By: Name

     

    It will sort your folders and keep new one's in name order.

  • Idaho Lemon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 28, 2013 12:57 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    I had this same problem. Whenever I added a new Mail Box (folder), it would incert at the bottom of my collum of Mail Boxes. Apple Care told me, the only way to keep all fo my Mail Boxes in alphabetical order was to, each time I created a new one, to drag it from the bottom of the list to its correct position. Bottom Line, drag Mail Boxes into the order you want them.

     

    However, in reading above, there is a way to alphabetize "automatically". Finder > Library > Mail > Mailboxes > Gear Icon button > Arrange By > Name. This should do it.

     

    I don't know if this sets up to continue to alphabetize as we create new Mail Boxes, but I think not.

     

    Idaho Lemon

  • Fidget Productions Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 24, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to Idaho Lemon)

    To add to your solution: I followed Hari's steps and, after restarting, didn't see a change. I had to go back into

    Finder > Users > MyAccount > Library > Mail > V2 > Mailboxes and delete .mboxCache.plist. This file is hidden by default, so you will need to turn off file hiding. I use Onyx to show hidden Finder files.

     

    Restart Mail. A new .mboxCache.plist file will generate and the sorting will appear. Cheers!

  • SergioQC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 18, 2013 4:31 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Is there any progress with sorting folders in Apple mail? 

    This is really inconvenient and there must be a simple way to do so.  Actually, every time a folder is created it should automatically be placed alphabetically. 

    Does Apple really cares about these postings?

  • Idaho Lemon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 18, 2013 5:10 AM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    The way my iMac worked for this > Finder > Applications > Mail > Gear Icon > Arrange By > Name

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