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Before I upgraded to OS X Lion, when I click a stack, it would show the very top. Now, it shows the very bottom of the menu meaning you would see the "Open in Finder" option after you click it. Now, I sorted my download folder by "Date Added" and its very annoying that I am seeing the oldest files first rather than the newest ones. I would have to scroll all the way to the top to access the new files. How can I have the newer files be shown first aka ascending order?

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I submitted this as a bug - RADAR ID 9982917 – Nate Bird Aug 19 '11 at 11:54
I'm also running 10.7.2 and the same issue exists. I'll update (when I hear back) if this is a known issue. – Nate Bird Aug 19 '11 at 11:55
Re if you show the Recent Applications stack as a list, how is it ordered? Consider adding detail to the question. – Graham Perrin Mar 30 '13 at 15:58
Workaround: Press the Home button when you open it to scroll to the top. – duci9y Mar 31 '13 at 6:18

Try this in the Terminal:

defaults write use-new-list-stack -bool YES

This gives you another type of List view that always starts at the top of the list with the latest files. You can scroll down for earlier files.

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I think he's looking for the reverse, latest files at the bottom of the list. – Jason Conrad Mar 26 '13 at 16:13

My downloads folder is a stack with latest downloads appearing at the top without me having to move the slider. When I 'right' click the downloads folder icon in the dock, a contextual menu appears. Here are my settings if it helps.

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You have yours at automatic, but I use list because sometimes the filenames are long and its more convenient for me to see it all in one go. – Doug Aug 6 '11 at 17:05
Too bad we can't get List to work in descending order. Come on Apple! – Eric Muyser Oct 31 '11 at 16:05

I had mine set to List as well and noticed the problem right away after upgrade (my Downloads folder is huge).

I think this is a bug. The grid view has the correct initial position (at the top of the reverse chronological ordering)

I suspect we'll need to switch to grid view until a patch comes along. :(

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In my Downloads stack I don't have this problem. The ordering is correct, i.e. latest download appears at the bottom.

The settings which achieve this are:

Sort by: Date Added

Display as: Stack

View content as: Fan

I hope these settings work for you too.

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When I switch to List view I have exactly the problem you mention, so this is clearly a Lion bug. Hopefully fixed in 10.7.1. For the short term, Fan is a good work around. – dan8394 Aug 13 '11 at 15:56
I reproduced you problem on Mountain Lion 10.8.3, never noticed the problem because I always use fan view. – Mar 29 '13 at 17:39

I see this when I have the "list" setting. A work around is to press control-commnd-up arrow and this will bring you to the top of the list.

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