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I’m trying to sort my applications by Last Opened column, but the option is not clickable (is grayed out) in the view options (+J) panel (see image below).

Why and how can I fix this?

(I’m on Snow Leopard 10.6.8)

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Date last opened was only available in Spotlight windows in 10.6 and earlier. It became available in normal Finder windows in 10.7.

One thing that's always annoyed me about Leopard is that the search results window has a Last Opened column, but an ordinary Finder window doesn't have that option.

Of course, it also annoys me that the search results window is not an ordinary Finder window like it used to be, with Size, Created and all the other column options.

Has Snow Leopard fixed this inconsistency?

In list view 'Last Opened' is one of the options in Show View Options, but it's rather annoyingly greyed out.

So: Yes, but no.

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Requires a little bit of fiddling about but pretty simple to fix, check out:

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