Before I upgraded to OS X Lion, when I click a stack, it would show the very top. Now, it shows the very bottom of the menu meaning you would see the "Open in Finder" option after you click it. Now, I sorted my download folder by "Date Added" and its very annoying that I am seeing the oldest files first rather than the newest ones. I would have to scroll all the way to the top to access the new files. How can I have the newer files be shown first aka ascending order?

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    I submitted this as a bug - RADAR ID 9982917
    – Nate Bird
    Aug 19, 2011 at 11:54
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    I'm also running 10.7.2 and the same issue exists. I'll update (when I hear back) if this is a known issue.
    – Nate Bird
    Aug 19, 2011 at 11:55
  • Re secrets.blacktree.com/?search=stack if you show the Recent Applications stack as a list, how is it ordered? Consider adding detail to the question. Mar 30, 2013 at 15:58
  • Workaround: Press the Home button when you open it to scroll to the top.
    – duci9y
    Mar 31, 2013 at 6:18

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In my Downloads stack I don't have this problem. The ordering is correct, i.e. latest download appears at the bottom.

The settings which achieve this are:

Sort by: Date Added

Display as: Stack

View content as: Fan

I hope these settings work for you too.

  • When I switch to List view I have exactly the problem you mention, so this is clearly a Lion bug. Hopefully fixed in 10.7.1. For the short term, Fan is a good work around.
    – dan8394
    Aug 13, 2011 at 15:56
  • I reproduced you problem on Mountain Lion 10.8.3, never noticed the problem because I always use fan view.
    – Vitim.us
    Mar 29, 2013 at 17:39
  • I observe that "Date Added" is different from "Date Created". I also observe that "Grid" mode has a different sort order than "Fan" mode. Highly unexpected.
    – Michael R
    Mar 14, 2020 at 19:03

My downloads folder is a stack with latest downloads appearing at the top without me having to move the slider. When I 'right' click the downloads folder icon in the dock, a contextual menu appears.

  • You have yours at automatic, but I use list because sometimes the filenames are long and its more convenient for me to see it all in one go.
    – Strawberry
    Aug 6, 2011 at 17:05
  • Too bad we can't get List to work in descending order. Come on Apple!
    – Eric
    Oct 31, 2011 at 16:05

I had mine set to List as well and noticed the problem right away after upgrade (my Downloads folder is huge).

I think this is a bug. The grid view has the correct initial position (at the top of the reverse chronological ordering)

I suspect we'll need to switch to grid view until a patch comes along. :(


Try this in the Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES

This gives you another type of List view that always starts at the top of the list with the latest files. You can scroll down for earlier files.

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    I think he's looking for the reverse, latest files at the bottom of the list. Mar 26, 2013 at 16:13

I see this when I have the "list" setting. A work around is to press control-commnd-up arrow and this will bring you to the top of the list.

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