For example, when I set the Documents folder in my user folder to "Sort by: Kind", it also sets the sorting option for every other folder on my computer. Can I have unique folder sorting options? Or is it impossible?

EDIT: This is on El Capitan.


Indeed, unique sort order is possible.

  1. Open a new Finder window for e.g. Documents and
  2. Go to View > Show View Options or hit Command + J.
  3. Define your Sort order. That's it. Close the window
  4. Repeat the step for every window. This way you can define the Sort order for every Finder window.
  • For some reason, that doesn't work on my iMac. It just sets the same sorting options for every single folder on my computer. – lempamo Jul 3 '16 at 18:40
  • @lempamo do not hit the button "use as defaults". This will define the sort order to all folders. Simply close the view options window – howdytom Jul 3 '16 at 18:44
  • There is no button labeled "Use As Defaults" on my version of OS X. – lempamo Jul 3 '16 at 18:47
  • I have updated my previous answer. Be sure to open a new Finder window for every folder in order to define a unique sorting order. – howdytom Jul 4 '16 at 15:10

You said: “There is no button labeled "Use As Defaults" on my version of OS X." But there is, or should be. Opene diskUtility, select your disk and hit the FirstAid tab: it will correct the permissions; then restart the mac. This will probably help.

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