Cannot change which data to 'sort by' in Downloads folder

steve.lawrence

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Original poster
Oct 23, 2007
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Since updating to Mountain Lion, I find that I am no longer able to sort by a field of my choice in the Downloads folder in Finder.

For example, in any other folder I can click on the 'Name' or 'Date added' or 'size' header to sort the contents of the folder by that value. But as soon as I go to the downloads folder, they become 'fixed' and I cannot sort by anything but name.

Anyone struck this or know how to fix it? Thanks!

Steve
 

wrldwzrd89

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Jun 6, 2003
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I'll have to test this when I'm at my Mac... I have ML, and I always use icon view, not list view (which I assume is what you are using), so I never notice things like this ;)
 

MarcBook

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Jul 13, 2008
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I just tried the different sorting options in my Downloads folder and they all work as expected for me.

I know that's not terribly helpful, but at least you know it should be working.

Bit of a strange problem you have there!
 

jlocalled

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Oct 13, 2008
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Make sure you don't have "Arrange by:" set in View Options. Having that set will not let you click on the column to sort. If it's set to "None" already, then maybe something else is wrong.
 

August51

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Nov 17, 2009
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Answer is still valid

This worked for me too -- and it has been frustrating me for months! (until I finally decided to Google it…)

Thanks.