Finder - folders on top?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by btownguy, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Is there a setting in OSX that will set the Finder to show folders on the top before individual files - much in the same way Windows does?
  2. btownguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    I was hoping for a better solution - I had come across most of those "solutions" in my searching. They seem more like hacks than true solutions.
  3. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    To summarize the above, no there's not. There are some partial fixes, but nothing that gets you to the way Windows does it. You'll need 3rd party software to do it (kind of silly, huh).
  4. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    The link to TotalFinder above looks interesting, I'll try that when I get home.

    The bottom line is that this seems to stem from the Unix filesystem roots, where folders and files are treated identically. Of course, they have the option to "ls --group-directories-first".

    I think Apple really should make it a user choice. I can see the argument either way.
  5. rrfk macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2009
    Finder Alternatives

    My search for a finder alternative began after I lost many (thousands) of MP3 files when I 'copied' a like named folder into the root of another that contained my complete music collection and to my horror it deleted my collection as it replaced my thousands of files with 8 because finder likes to replace not update directories.

    I don't want to pay for PathFinder which rocks on my work machine.
    I'm not ready to upgrade to Snow Leopard yet for TotalFinder
    Forklift is WAY TOO beta. It has potential and looks pretty but lacks lots, like smb sharing in the 'Connect to' dialog and doesn't share the same links in the left panel with Finder (but it looks the same/identical) all in all way too beta for a paid program.

    So, my choice is muCommander
    The short list:
    • Virtual filesystem with support for local volumes, FTP, SFTP, SMB, NFS, HTTP, Amazon S3, Hadoop HDFS and Bonjour
    • Quickly copy, move, rename files, create directories, email files...
    • Browse, create and uncompress ZIP, RAR, 7z, TAR, GZip, BZip2, ISO/NRG, AR/Deb and LST archives
    • ZIP files can be modified on-the-fly, without having to recompress the whole archive
    • Universal bookmarks and credentials manager
    • Multiple windows support
    • Full keyboard access
    • Highly configurable
    • Available in 23 languages : American & British English, French, German, Spanish, Czech, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Slovenian, Romanian, Italian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Slovak, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Ukrainian and Arabic.
    • ***Free Software (GPL)***
    It's (like) TotalCommander on every OS
    I am not being paid to say this. As a new Mac (+2 yrs now after 30 yrs on Windows) I just know your pain trying to use Finder like Windows Explorer and the frustrations it yields.
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    But, in reality it did what you "told" it to do. As you discovered, you cannot assume that two totally different operating systems will behave the same.

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