13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 10, 2014 7:33 PM by sally1704
farmr Level 1 (0 points)

I have a bug that happened all of a sudden.  I've never had this problem before.


Files and folders do not "sort" by "Name" in the Finder, Address Book, and Mail when I am in any of these three applications.


This is occurring on my, iMac 20", 2.1 GHz, PowerPC, G5, running OS X 10.5.8.


I also have a MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo, also running OS X 10.5.8, that is not having this problem.


I use Word and when I create a new document and go to Save, all my folders on the Finder show sorted by "Name".


Any ideas?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iMac 20", 2.1 GHz, PowerPC, G5
  • farmr Level 1 (0 points)

    I am using "Column View" in the Finder.

  • Gary Scotland Level 6 (12,777 points)

    what are they sorted by if not by name?

    in column view there is only a single column


    try resetting finder by deleting the preference file located here:


    system drive > users > Home folder > library > preferences >      com.apple.finder.plist

  • farmr Level 1 (0 points)

    That's my point, it is set to sort by name in column view, but the files/folders are not.


    I did try deleting the com.apple.finder.plist, and then restarted; still same problem.

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,755 points)

    Column view has no other option but to list content alphabetically.


    If yours are not so listed, how are they sorted on yours?

  • farmr Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I know what you're saying.  Column view says it is listed by name or alphabetically, but the files/folders show as not, and are all mixed up. 


    It doesn't matter if you choose to sort by kind, modified date, label, etc., the files/folders are still mixed up and not sorted to whatever you set it to.


    Very stumped!

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,232 points)

    Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), use Disk Utility from there to Repair Permissions, test if things work OK in Safe Mode.


    Then move these files to the Desktop for now...










    Reboot & test.


    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.

  • farmr Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried your suggestion and still doesn't work...still the same.


    Irritating!  I can live with this only because I don't have any other choice at this point.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,232 points)

    Hmmmm, I wonder if it's those hidden DS_Store files...




    Invisibility Toggler - 1.1...




    InVisibles - 1.5...




    I'd try deleting that in one problem folder first as a test.

  • farmr Level 1 (0 points)

    Tried your suggestion by using Terminal and using this command: "sudo find / -name ".DS_Store" -depth -exec rm {} \;"


    I tried one folder at a time as well.  All has failed to resolve the problem.


    I'm very frustrated.  I appreciate the help and suggestions.  I know there is a problem, because I see it every day, and I know there is a solution to it.  It's not the end of the world for me, but it is wrong.  I'm about to give up.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,232 points)

    To find out if it's system wide or user specific, try this...


    Open System Preferences>Accounts, unlock the lock, click on the little plus icon, make a new admin account, log out & into the new account.


    Does it work in the new account?

  • farmr Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, everything works right and sorted alphabetically in the new account.  I created it as a "Dummy" account to test your suggestion.


    So now what?


    What does this mean?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,232 points)

    Well, not sure, but Safe boot into the other account Abd try this...


    (You'll need to Trash the originals of these following ones since move only copies them)




    Might just move the whole folder to the desktop & delete the original...


    (You'll need to Trash the originals of these following ones since move only copies them)



  • sally1704 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since this is a pretty old problem, why is it persisting in 2013?  I have the same problem.