Viewing in Icon and List differs from each other

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by novetan, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. novetan macrumors 6502

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    When I arrange by Name or Date and view in "Icon", the sequence is not the same when view in "List". Why is that so?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    How is it different? Perhaps reversed? You can sort in List View from oldest to newest or from newest to oldest, from a to z or from z to a. I don't think that's possible in Icon View, but I've never tried to see if I can reverse it.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Just right-click in the Icon View and select:
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    But you can't reverse the sort, as you can in List View.
     
  4. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What I meant is this:

    If say I use Icon view set to Name, then view in List, I'd expect to see the same Name arrangement but its not. I will see other arrangement besides Name. I have to right click and set to Name again in List.

    Try it out.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It works for me.
    1. I go to Icon View
    2. I choose Keep Arranged By: Name
    3. All icons are sorted by Name
    4. I go to List View
    5. I click on the Size column to sort by Size
    6. I go back to Icon View
    7. Everything is still sorted by Name
     
  6. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That's not what I want:
    1. I go to Icon View
    2. I choose Keep Arranged By: Name
    3. All icons are sorted by Name
    4. I go to List View, I'd expect the arrangement remains sorted by Name but it is arranged by any means other than Name
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, a sort doesn't carry over to all views. If you sort by Name in Icon View, it doesn't change List View. List View will be sorted the way you last sorted it, or by the default sort.
     
  8. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, that confirms my findings. I know you're not the designer, but do you agree it should be carry over to other views? If we set to Name, logically that's the way we like to see regardless whatever view. No?

    Anyone concur?
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not necessarily. It's purely a matter of personal preference. I can see wanting Icon View for pictures to be sorted one way and List View for documents to be sorted another. In fact, the only time I use Icon View is when browsing image files.
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    No you don't. Just click on the heading in List View that you want it sorted by.
     

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