As there’s not one built-in (see hold ⌥ ALT and navigate to Finder->View->Sort By), I tried to create a custom keyboard shortcut for Sort By Date Created in Finder (such as the built-in for Sort By Name ⌃ CTRL⌥ ALT⌘ CMD1).

However, whichever keyboard combination I assign to it doesn’t work (i.e. ⌃ CTRL⌥ ALT⌘ CMD8, or ⌃ CTRL⌥ ALT⌘ CMD9, etc.)

How can I create a custom keyboard shortcut for Sort By Date Created?

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    Default shortcut is +++5 (CTRL+ALT+CMD+5) to Sort By Date (not ALT+SHIFT+RETURN+5). Sep 19, 2014 at 13:05
  • That’s what I meant/used, but made a mistake when posting the question — I edited the message. Thanks. Sep 19, 2014 at 13:09
  • By the way, default shortcut ⌃⌥⌘5 is for Sort By Date Modified. Sep 19, 2014 at 13:12
  • It Seems that what ever you try the call is going to Arrange by Date Created rahter the Sort by Date Created That is even where my shortcut shows up
    – markhunte
    Sep 19, 2014 at 14:27
  • @markhunte No, it isn’t it’s exactly Sort By Date Created, the one that shows up instead of Arrange when you go to View and hold <kbd>⌥ ALT</kbd> key. Sep 19, 2014 at 20:30

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First make sure that date created is a visible column in list view in finder. You can do this by entering list view and right clicking the headers and checking date created.

Then go to system preferences, keyboard, Shortcuts, and choose app shortcuts on the left. Then add a new shortcut for Finder by pressing the plus button and choosing finder from the drop down. In the menu title put "Date Created" exactly (without the quotes). Then focus the shortcut field and press your desired shortcut. For example Option+Command+8

Tested it in Mavericks and it works for me.

  • You sure your not getting Arranged by Date Created.. Because I have don this on two Macs earlier today and that is the only Menu that picks up the shortcut
    – markhunte
    Sep 19, 2014 at 20:42
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    @Camden Narzt It works but it makes another problem — the shortcut is assigned both for Arrange By and Sort By so it’s totally confusing. I want to have different shortcuts for Sort By Date Created and Arrange By Date Created, which in your example is the same (as you can see in the Arrange and Sort menus to the right of the text). Sep 19, 2014 at 20:45
  • It does set the shortcut for both actions, I don't think there's anything that can be done about that without installing additional software. Sep 20, 2014 at 21:12

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