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Sorting folders first in Mavericks Finder?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by funkyfresh69, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Does anyone know how to do this in 10.9? The hack of adding a space before "folders" in the plist file that used to work doesn't anymore?
  2. D A
    macrumors regular

    I did the hack with the space before and it works for me. Remember that the file needs to be binary for it to work.
  3. macrumors regular

    Bump for interest.
    I was hoping I wouldn't need apps like TotalFinder now that tabs are introduced in Finder.
    But I still need a solution for "folders on top".
  4. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    There is no change in how Folders are started. You can however sort by "Tags" now.
  5. macrumors regular

    Would you mind writing/linking a little guide on how to do this?
  6. macrumors 68020

    In any version of OS X, if you sort by Kind, folders will be separate.
  7. D A
    macrumors regular

    cd /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/ (or whatever language you're running)
    sudo plutil -convert xml1 InfoPlist.strings
    sudo nano InfoPlist.strings (edit folder here)
    sudo plutil -convert binary1 InfoPlist.strings
  8. macrumors 68020

    It's worth pointing out that with Apple's increased reliance on code-signing to verify the integrity of apps, modifying the Finder directly in this way may you cause you "trouble".
  9. macrumors regular

    Bunched together is not enough. They have to be first, before any files.

    Thanks. I'll give this a try.
  10. macrumors 6502

    I used Totalfinder for a long while, and then switched to Xtrafinder, which is free and even better, as it works in such a similar way to an internet browser, and you can for example open new tabs doing middle click, like in firefox. Extra finder doesn't work now, adn i guess total finder neither. OSX finder still sucks big time...
  11. macrumors regular

    The method described above works on Mavericks (tried it myself) and tabs are already built in.
    That takes care of most of my needs. What else do you need TotalFinder or XtraFinder for?
  12. macrumors 65816


    I dunno but I liked to use all these features pretty regularly

    Hide desktop
    Colored sidebar
    Side by side tabs
    Automatically adjusted column width
    New document context menu
    Copy path context menu
    Show Hidden Items menu bar toggle
    Return of cmd+x cmd+v to move an item
    Return would open and cmd+return to rename
  13. macrumors 603

    I really thought the Finder sidebar would get recolored in 10.9, following in iTunes' footsteps. Well, there's still time.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Problem now is that finder has been probably re-written, so i guess all these 3rd party apps won't work anymore...
  15. macrumors newbie

    Sorting folders first in Mavericks Finder?

    Hi all,

    Since upgrading to Mavericks folders no longer show up first in Finder, which I find extremely annoying. I followed the old " folders" trick as follows:

    cd /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/
    sudo plutil -convert xml1 InfoPlist.strings
    sudo nano InfoPlist.strings
    sudo plutil -convert binary1 InfoPlist.strings

    And inserted a space before " folder" in the <string></string>. But that still doesn't work. It shows there's a space there, but that doesn't resort finder.

    Anyone have any suggestions? I'd LOVE to get it back to the older arrangement.
  16. zombiecakes, Oct 22, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013

    macrumors regular

    did you try a ~ or some other symbol? I dont think a space worked in 10.8, I had to use ~
  17. macrumors newbie

    Yeah, I tried both * and ~ and neither did anything...
  18. macrumors newbie


    It DOES work, but only if you're arranging by Name etc. If you're like me and want to arrange by Kind with Folders at the top instead of applications it doesn't work.

    I'm still poking about.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Yeah, it works if you sort by name, but not by kind, which is how I did it in the past...
  20. macrumors regular

    are you sure? when I sort by name it just does it alphabetically with folders not being grouped together
  21. macrumors newbie


    I believe they are referring to sorting alphabetically with the old folder hack in place. If you don't have that, folders won't be at the top period.
  22. macrumors regular

    I did that as well, I dont think it does anything because in list view the "kind" column used to reflect the change you made to the string, now after relaunching Finder it doesnt change and still says "Folder" instead of "~Folder"
  23. macrumors 6502a

    I do this by pressing COMMAND+J in the folder I want with pictures and folders (folders on top, pictures sorted in ABC order), then in "Arrange by", I choose Name, then "Sort by", I choose Kind. This will then sort my folder with the folders first, followed by the pictures in ABC order.
  24. macrumors regular


    Are you guys also noticing that after a reboot, if you use the column view and arrange by kind, it is not in alphabetical order? If you change to a different folder and switch back, it then sorts alphabetically.
  25. macrumors regular

    sorting by kind sorts the file type alphabetically, if all you have are image files the folders will be first because F for "folder" comes before J, G, and P for the different image types. Do it with folders and AVI files (or DMG's), AVI's will be at the top.

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