I am new to OS X, but there's one thing that annoys me a little bit, which is that every time I have to clean up all the files (by name, for example) because they are always pasted in an unordered way.

I would not like to lose time to order them every time I change the content of the folders.

  • I assume this is Finder - if so use list or grid format
    – mmmmmm
    Sep 19, 2014 at 18:33

1 Answer 1


Instead of using Clean Up By, use Arrange By. This both cleans up the layout and sets the default sort order for the folder for the future so that any modifications to the folder will update the sort order.

  • grgarside Is this applied also to sub-folders right?
    – user90775
    Sep 19, 2014 at 18:42
  • @cell That depends. You can force it to be default though by setting up a folder how you wish, then press ⌘J and click Use as Defaults.
    – grg
    Sep 19, 2014 at 19:11

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