Finder question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Go Go Gadget Girl, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. Go Go Gadget Girl macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2015
    Was wondering if anyone could help me with a question I have about Finder.

    When I open Finder and then a folder, for example Music, it doesn't open the music files at the top of the screen, as in the very first file I have starting with 'A'. It opens from wherever I last left the folder, for example if I was renaming a file starting with 'N' it will open the folder with all the 'N' files somewhere in the middle of the folder instead of the top.

    How do I get Finder to open files in folders from the top every time, regardless of where I left off? Like in Windows, it always opens folders from the top of the files, but Finder always stays where I left it.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    This is by design, and I think it's much better than Windows' design. It's more likely that you'll want to enter a folder where you last left it than always at the top of the alphabet. Did you know that you can move around the files by simply typing? So if your window opens at N, just type A to move to the As. That should help.
  3. Go Go Gadget Girl thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2015
    Thanks for the reply. :)

    Ah so it's part of the design, I thought there might have been a setting that I could change to force it to always open from the top.

    Thanks for the tip about typing the letter, much easier than scrolling all the way to the top/bottom.
  4. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Also, you are not just limited to tying the first letter, as in Windows. Let's say I have a long list of files and I want to select the one that starts with my username 'chabig'. In Windows, if I type "ch" it will go to the C's when I type the C but it will then go to the H's when I type the H. So I will end up at the first file in the H's, which is not what I want. On a Mac I will end up at the first file that starts with "ch". Going further you can type as many letters as you want to narrow your selection, the only restriction is that you cannot delay too much between letters (the amount of delay allowed is set by the key repeat rate set in Keyboard preferences).

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