How to keep my icons arranged by name?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by audiokeeffe, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. audiokeeffe macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
    How do I keep icons in a folder arranged by name?

    Take my movie folder for example. Whenever I add a new movie to the folder it automatically goes to the end and becomes the last icon. So I end up having to right click, arrange by name so that they are in alphabetical order again.

    Is there a way to keep it arranged by 'name' rather than having to do it manually every time I add a new icon/file to the folder?
  2. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    in any folder go to view - arrange by - name - it puts them in the order you added - you will learn to like this the first time you add one you dont want and have forgotten the name
  3. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    Click the View menu in Finder and then "Show View Options". Select "Name" under "Arrange By". Keep in mind you will need to do this separately for the Desktop.
  4. audiokeeffe thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2010
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yeah, that's the "permanent" method. It sets the window's, um, settings.

    Doing it "manually" (with the right click contextual menu) is intended as a feature that lets you change the window "on the fly" without disturbing the settings.

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