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In Finder, every single file on my disk is classified under the "Other" section. However, when I go to "about this Mac", it shows only a fraction of my disk is actually "Other".

How do I fix this? And does this have any other harmful consequences?

I have tried clearing the NVRAM and PRAM. I've tried rebooting and deleting the Finder preferences. I've updated Mac OS X. None of those fixed it.

Edit: this only happens with my account so it probably can't be anything wrong with CoreServices. Maybe a messed up setting?

Here's an example screenshot of how things look:

Example

  • is it same in another view ? – Ruskes Mar 25 '15 at 3:22
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    sounds like first to try to restore the preferences, than double check if it works if you log in as different user, or try starting in safe mode to exclude 3d party apps. in disk utility, than reinstall the os x using the cmd+r – Ruskes Mar 25 '15 at 4:34
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    @vihan1086, It looks like you've got your view options set to show only tags — specifically other. In the right hand corner of the All My Files window Control-Click the text that reads Show All (1,950). You should then see a menu which lets to Arrange or Sort by Name, Kind, etc. – l'L'l Apr 4 '15 at 16:59
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    @l'L'l That did it! Can't believe it was a simple as that, could you write that as a question so I could award you the bounty? – Downgoat Apr 5 '15 at 15:44
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    @l'L'l okay, I'll check that out, thanks for all the help – Downgoat Apr 5 '15 at 20:25
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In this particular instance All My Files are being exclusively sorted by Tags. The problem here is that this is not exactly obvious or apparent. There are several ways to adjust how files are arranged or sorted in Finder. I find one of the easiest and most convenient ways is to:

Control + Mouse Click within the window or heading.

(In this case control-clicking Show All in the right corner).

Control Mouse Clicking the inside the window or heading above the files should reveal a menu that shows the options View, Arrange By, and View Options. From there select whichever criteria you might prefer files Arrange By - (Name, Kind, Application, etc).

One thing to note is that within View Options you can choose to Sort By instead of Arrange By, or even both; this can lead to some confusion in itself (which is briefly touched upon here).

The Control and Option keys while mouse clicking within Finder windows can reveal options and menus that directly affect what appears — don't hesitate to discover what's there.

  • One more thing you might not be aware of is that after you control-click Show All and the menu appears you can press the Option key which will allow you to Sort By rather than Arrange By. Pressing Option within Finder menus has this behavior in many places (eg. File > Save would become Save as...). – l'L'l Apr 6 '15 at 22:42
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This could be the symptom of a corrupt spotlight database.

You can reset the indexing by opening the terminal app and entering the following command:

sudo mdutil -E /

  • It reset the indexing but that didn't work. On the "About this Mac" it shows files as their correct type. I don't think it's an indexing issue, I'll create another account and see if it's just me – Downgoat Apr 4 '15 at 0:00
  • Weird, this is only happening in my account – Downgoat Apr 4 '15 at 0:02
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This sounds like a broken "All My Files" search criteria.

You can check this by clicking on the gear/action icon. Choosing "show search criteria". It should say "Any of the following are true: Kinds is Document, or Kind is Other com.microsoft., or Kind is Archive.

The contents of /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/MyLibraries/myDocuments.cannedSearch/search.savedSearch should be:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
    <key>CompatibleVersion</key>
    <integer>1</integer>
    <key>RawQuery</key>
    <string>((kMDItemContentTypeTree = public.content) || (kMDItemContentTypeTree = "com.microsoft.*"cdw) || (kMDItemContentTypeTree = public.archive))</string>
    <key>RawQueryDict</key>
    <dict>
        <key>FinderFilesOnly</key>
        <true/>
        <key>RawQuery</key>
        <string>((kMDItemContentTypeTree = public.content) || (kMDItemContentTypeTree = "com.microsoft.*"cdw) || (kMDItemContentTypeTree = public.archive))</string>
        <key>SearchScopes</key>
        <array>
        <string>kMDQueryScopeMyFiles</string>
        </array>
        <key>UserFilesOnly</key>
        <true/>
    </dict>
    <key>SearchCriteria</key>
    <dict>
        <key>AnyAttributeContains</key>
        <string></string>
        <key>CurrentFolderPath</key>
        <array>
            <string>/Users</string>
        </array>
        <key>FXCriteriaSlices</key>
        <array>
            <dict>
                <key>criteria</key>
                <array>
                    <string>com_apple_CompoundSliceAny</string>
                    <integer>20000</integer>
                </array>
                <key>displayValues</key>
                <array>
                    <string>Any</string>
                    <string>of the following are true</string>
                </array>
                <key>rowType</key>
                <integer>1</integer>
                <key>subrows</key>
                <array>
                    <dict>
                        <key>criteria</key>
                        <array>
                            <string>kMDItemKind</string>
                            <integer>300</integer>
                            <integer>403</integer>
                        </array>
                        <key>displayValues</key>
                        <array>
                            <string>Kind</string>
                            <string>is</string>
                            <string>documents</string>
                        </array>
                        <key>rowType</key>
                        <integer>0</integer>
                        <key>subrows</key>
                        <array/>
                    </dict>
                    <dict>
                        <key>criteria</key>
                        <array>
                            <string>kMDItemKind</string>
                            <integer>300</integer>
                            <integer>417</integer>
                            <integer>104</integer>
                        </array>
                        <key>displayValues</key>
                        <array>
                            <string>Kind</string>
                            <string>is</string>
                            <string>other</string>
                            <string>com.microsoft.</string>
                        </array>
                        <key>rowType</key>
                        <integer>0</integer>
                        <key>subrows</key>
                        <array/>
                    </dict>
                    <dict>
                        <key>criteria</key>
                        <array>
                            <string>kMDItemKind</string>
                            <integer>300</integer>
                            <integer>419</integer>
                        </array>
                        <key>displayValues</key>
                        <array>
                            <string>Kind</string>
                            <string>is</string>
                            <string>archives</string>
                        </array>
                        <key>rowType</key>
                        <integer>0</integer>
                        <key>subrows</key>
                        <array/>
                    </dict>
                </array>
            </dict>
        </array>
        <key>FXScope</key>
        <integer>1396925814</integer>
        <key>FXScopeArrayOfPaths</key>
        <array>
          <string>kMDQueryScopeMyFiles</string>
        </array>
    </dict>
</dict>
</plist>
  • The "show search criteria" is exactly how you described. I'll check back in a bit – Downgoat Apr 3 '15 at 22:49
  • No, that didn't work. I copied the .plist to match what you had and a the show search criteria matches. I restarted Finder after each change also – Downgoat Apr 3 '15 at 23:57

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