Stacks not working correctly

bizzy045

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When I try to use stacks in Mojave and have it sort by type, it only creates one stack called "other". I have pdf's, jpegs, screenshots etc, and it should be creating several types of stacks. Any idea how I can get this working as it should? Anyone else having this problem?
 

GlenK

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I gave up on stacks when I realized you can't arrange them the way you want them. It seems to only allow you to sort by the pull downs but you can't click and drag them where you want after that. It's a good idea but need to be able to organize them yourself. (Unless I missed something, which is certainly possible)
 
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bizzy045

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I agree it needs a lot more customizations. As it stands now, I guess I’ll just turn off stacks as it is completely useless to me. Creating one big stack with all the files on my desktop and calling it other is no different than me making a folder called other on the desktop and saving everything there. Disappointing to say the least.
 
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Squillace

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This is not how it's supposed to work.
I currently have two stacks: one named "Others" with just 2 url shortcuts, and one named "Images" with a few pictures I have.

But I agree with you guys that Stacks, the way it is, is pretty useless. For my own personal organisation method I want some files/icons placed at the left of the screen, and with Stacks it's impossible. Once the feature is active, it moves everything to the top right of the screen.
 

bizzy045

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I wish I had other stacks ie images, PDFs, etc. It only seems to create one on my desktop called “other” even though I have different file types on my desktop. I would find this feature useful if it worked for me. I’m not sure why I am the only person having this issue.
 

MacHiavelli

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I wish I had other stacks ie images, PDFs, etc. It only seems to create one on my desktop called “other” even though I have different file types on my desktop. I would find this feature useful if it worked for me. I’m not sure why I am the only person having this issue.
How are you grouping your stacks? Kind? Date Added? Date Opened? Tags?

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bizzy045

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How are you grouping your stacks? Kind? Date Added? Date Opened? Tags?

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I am arranging stacks by kind. Where is this screenshot from? How can I access this same menu. Thanks.
[doublepost=1538097013][/doublepost]I was able to access this menu and it's the same as your pretty much. Still only one stack that is "Other"
 

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MacHiavelli

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I am arranging stacks by kind. Where is this screenshot from? How can I access this same menu. Thanks.
[doublepost=1538097013][/doublepost]I was able to access this menu and it's the same as your pretty much. Still only one stack that is "Other"
For me, sorting by "Kind" does group things properly: PDFs in one group, Screenshots in another, etc. Does it do anything at all if you toggle different options on and off, such as stacking by Date Added?

Perhaps a reboot or resetting the PRAM might help. Have you tried stacks in a different user account?

Stacks by Kind.jpg
 
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bizzy045

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I tried rebooting and changing the sort by types and options. All the other options sort fine. It is just by type that is not working for me. Just one stack called "Other". It's unexplainable why this is happening.
[doublepost=1538140672][/doublepost]After further testing, it looks like it works correctly if I create a new user account, but it does not work with mine. Something in my settings or something maybe?
 
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Martyimac

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One thing I don't like about stacks is this, once Stacks is enabled, I can't put any leftovers on my desktop into a folder that Stacks created.
 

gnubee

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You should also have the option to not have everything on the desktop go into stacks when enabled. I also don't like how when you open a stack it shifts things around on your desktop. An option to view content as Fan, Grid, List or Automatic would be nice.
 
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bizzy045

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Still not fixed in 10.14.1. Submitted a bug report..was closed to being a dupe issue I have no access to. This is nonsense. This is a huge bug, and makes the whole stupid stacks feature useless for me.
 

zeusent

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When I try to use stacks in Mojave and have it sort by type, it only creates one stack called "other". I have pdf's, jpegs, screenshots etc, and it should be creating several types of stacks. Any idea how I can get this working as it should? Anyone else having this problem?
I know it's been quite some time since you've had this problem but I just had the same issue. Re-enabling all types in Spotlight's indexing options fixed it for me. See the answer here https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/344441/343422
 

bizzy045

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I know it's been quite some time since you've had this problem but I just had the same issue. Re-enabling all types in Spotlight's indexing options fixed it for me. See the answer here https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/344441/343422
Wow! Thank you so much! Finally it is working. I had to delete the plist file like some other user in the link you posted, but the answer was there that fixed mine!
 
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