Controlling Finder windows/icons

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Esbenam, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Esbenam macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Hello folks.

    I am a long time mac-user but, as a control-freak, one thing I have never liked about os x is the way Finder arrange icons.

    Does anyone know of a way to make the Finder windows work like windows xp folders?

    I found sort of a solution for the "folders first-then files"-issue by making a small change in the Finders infoplist.strings file.

    The thing that probably annoys me the most though, is the fact that I can't make Finder automatically arrange by *something* when ever I move a folder or a file into another folder. It just leaves the file at the bottom of the folder instead of arranging it by name, type, size, what-ever.

    Any suggestions to anything considering this topic?

    Thank you in advance
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Never Found An Under The Hood

    Way of doing this, and as you say, it leaves a mess until you right click and choose "Clean Up by..." I can live with it, but the folders are left in a mess if you don't clean them up. Be interested if anyone has another way?
  3. Esbenam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Aarhus, Denmark
  4. NorthDakota91, Oct 20, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2011

    NorthDakota91 macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2011
    You just have to right-click on a folder and then select "show view options". A small window will pop up. Configure your folder there (you want to change the "order by" option) and then click "use as default" at the bottom.

    Hope that helped

    EDIT: Just to avoid confusion, when you click "use as default" every folder will follow the rules you've chosen. If you want to configure a single folder, don't click "use as default" ;)

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