Arrange by name vs sort by name

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by illegalprelude, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. illegalprelude macrumors 68000

    illegalprelude

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    #1
    Silly question, but what is the difference between 'Arrange by Name' and 'Sort by Name?'

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    And just figured it out, Sort is a sub of Arrange. So first, you arrange by one filter and then you can further sort.
     
  2. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

    MacBH928

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    I believe one temporary, when you close the window it will all get mixed up
    and the other permenant . I forgot which is which though
     
  3. yawns macrumors member

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    In my experience, none of the view options in Finder are permanent. My Finder always randomly re-arranges view preferences, by the tides, or weather, or whatever.

    If you arrange by name or sort by name, the result is the same. The only difference is the small visual change between traditional columns at the top (sort by), or the big white bar (arrange by).
     
  4. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    This is not normal. Finder's view options are set on a per-folder and per-view basis, using hidden files named .DS_Store. If there is a problem creating these (like permissions set incorrectly), then you may see the behavior you're describing, but for most people they do stick when set for a particular folder.

    jW
     
  5. MacBH928 macrumors 68020

    MacBH928

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