Finder auto arrange in Mountain Lion?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Grandmaster B, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Grandmaster B macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    Feel like it's a dumb question, but I can not for the life of me find where to set auto arranging files/folders in Mountain Lion. Having to constantly hit "Clean up by name" in my downloads folder for example which constantly has stuff coming in and out of it sucks.
  2. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Mine shows "Arrange by" in the contextual menu, and then holding Option shifts it to "Sort by." Maybe this is what you're looking for?
  3. Dustmajesty, Apr 17, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013

    Dustmajesty macrumors newbie


    Apr 17, 2013

    I'm having the same issue. It seems that even when I set the "Arrange by" to name, it still doesn't automatically arrange them. When I drag something new into the folder it still just drops in right where I drag it to, and if I hit back and open the folder again, it's still in the same place.:confused:
  4. mindlessmissy macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    In Show View Options , mine is set up like shown in the attached pic and it sorts automatically by name ...

  5. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2009

    Thanks, mindlessmissy.

    I've been trying to figure this out for ages.

    However, I have to do this for every folder I create. Is there a way to the whole Finder to auto sort everything at once?
  6. mindlessmissy macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2012
    Just hit the "Use as Defaults" button on the bottom of the "Show View Options" popout to make it universal for every finder window ... :)
  7. garciausmc macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2013
    I'm a recent Windows switcher and this was bugging the crap out of me! Even though I didn't ask the question, thanks for the answer! Awesome!
  8. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    Macheist has PathFinder for $9.99 and you can do a lot more with PathFinder than sucky Finder. A worthwhile $9.99 IMO.
  9. ModeRed macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2013

    also new to the Mac fold, equally bothered by this! Thanks:)

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