Bug or "feature"?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by kiwisteve, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. kiwisteve macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    I just opened my downloads folder which has a large number of files in it and set it to list view. I noticed that it was sorted by name from Z-A. So I went to click at the top of the column to re-order it from A-Z (as I have always done in previous operating systems) and discovered that this doesn't work any more. I can't click on the title of any column to set the sort column OR to reverse the sort order. This behaviour is the same regardless of the folder I view.

    Is this new? Or is this a bug in my installation and can anyone suggest a cure?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Have you tried restarting your Mac?
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    It works fine for me
    As suggested, you can restart your Mac
    Or you can restart your Finder
  4. kiwisteve thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    I just restarted but the behaviour is the same. I have just noticed that the Applications and Desktop and some other folders don't do this. The problem folders seem to be many of the ones restored from the Time Machine backup after I (clean) installed ML.

    Is there a way to reset the folder preferences for the problem folders?
  5. iGuybrush, Aug 3, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2012

    iGuybrush macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2011
    It is due to a new sorting feature introduced in Lion.

    Look for the button "arrange by", click on and select nothing. Or go to View -> arrange by "nothing". Or push ctrl-cmd-0
  6. kiwisteve thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Thank you! This was the problem, although I admit I never noticed this in Lion. All good now :)

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