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I can't sort Spotlight's search results - sorting by Name, Date Modified, et. al appears to be disabled. Google seems to be useless in finding a resolution to this - although I suspect a previous installation of Quicksilver had something to do with this.

I have forced Spotlight to reindex, but it still doesn't work.

Finder otherwise functions normally.

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Finder has two different sorting modes (the new Arrange By and the old Sort By) on Lion. If the Arrange By mode is set to something other than none, you can't sort columns in list view by clicking the list headers.

So just select View > Arrange By > None.

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This fixed things for me. Thank you very much. –  SpotlightFails May 25 '12 at 20:06
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You can sort by selecting the column in the grouping dropdown (the icon to the right of the cog wheel on the screen shot). Names get sorted Z->A though, haven't found a way to change this yet.

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Thank you for the helpful hint, patrix. But this still does not solve the issue, as I have 4 Macs running Lion and only one of them has this particular issue of not being able to sort Spotlight results. –  SpotlightFails May 21 '12 at 17:53
    
Doesn't work for me either... –  patrix May 21 '12 at 17:58
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