How to sort all mailboxes in Apple Mail?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Gary King, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. Gary King macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    By default, the mailboxes in Apple Mail are sorted by Date Received, Oldest first. I tried sorting a few of my folders to be 'Newest First' instead, but I would have to do it for all of my folders, and I have about 150 folders.

    What is the fastest way to sort all my folders to the way I want it?
    And for all new folders?

  2. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Don't think there is a faster way...

    Even if you mark several boxes/folders and choose "sort by", it still remembers the individual mailbox's settings...
  4. efoto macrumors 68030

    Nov 16, 2004
    Cloud 9 (-6)
    Yeppers, you have to go through and open the folder, then sort it by what you want and then Mail should remember those settings, but to my recollections there is no mass-edit method to sorting all your folders in a manner like that. I had to do it to around 20 folders....sounds like you are in more of a pickle than I, best of luck and do it starting with a lot of patience because it won't exactly go fast :(
  5. muszicman macrumors newbie


    Aug 25, 2008
    Great Falls, MT
    I have sent in several requests to Apple regarding the lack of this feature. I have 215 folders for work that I have had to individually touch and click the "Date" column to switch the sort order. I am VERY disappointed that they have not made any attempts to make this process less painful.
  6. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    Three years later and still the same eh? I've been using Gmail since I posted this.
  7. Bricallassist macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2010
    My biggest gripe is the general sorting. I have just moved my email hosting over to gmail, in my inbox on Apple Mail, I click the sort by date so the newest is first (I don't know anyone who works back to front), this is fine for as long as Apple Mail is open, however, when I close it and reopen, its reverted to the back to front sorting...most annoying.

    I think gmail may have a good product, but they don't seem to be interested too much on fixing the issues that customers raise.

    I am contemplating moving my email hosting again to one that does what I want, oh and doesn't have an All Mail folder - but thats a different thread
  8. jfmercer macrumors newbie


    Jul 24, 2011
    Solution Found

    I found a solution to this problem on the Apple Support Website.

    Quit out of Mail. Then go to ~/Library/Preferences/ Under "InboxViewerAttributes," change the key "SortedDescending" to "Yes," and save changes.

  9. brizone macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2011
    Use Property List Editor in the Apple Xcode tools to edit ~/Library/Preferences/ as described above.
  10. killertofu808 macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2008
    Tried But To No Avail...

    AS a 2013 update to those looking through this thread...

    The file already has its "SortedDescending" value set to "Yes" in Mail 6.3.

    No other solution found yet.

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