How can I *MANUALLY* sort files in finder?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by eroxx, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. eroxx macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    I am working with a folder that has about 400 pdf's in it, and I am going through and renaming them. The problem is that everytime I rename one, the finder automatically sorts alphabetically, and I have to go back and scroll all the way to the top ... I have the finder set to arrange>none, yet this is still happening .. Help please?? ;0

  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    If you sort by size, the name shouldn't effect the order...
  3. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    Got it -- that worked, but it's still a bit of a workaround, because here's the deal:

    I have 400 files in this folder. Many are named but others have a default name that my scanner assigns to them, which is a numerical date. I want to sort so that I see all of the ones with the numerical date TOGETHER. And then I want to rename them one by one, but without them "moving" after I re-name them ...

    The size tip you gave works, but then I don't see all of the ones I want to rename easily in order ...

    Any ideas?
  4. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Try going into icon view, right-clicking, and selecting "Sort by: Size". That doesn't keep it sorted, so it won't change anymore while you're changing filenames, but will get them in the right order initially. List and Column view both always sort automatically, but Icon view allows some more customization.

  5. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
  6. jc1350 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    You may want to check out a program called Name Mangler. I use it to rename the photos from my camera because my wife has the same brand (different model) and they use the same file names. It's a very powerful program.

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