Since I updated to Lion, every time I bring up a new Finder window the default sort order is by modification date. I want the default sort by filename. Is there any way to change this?

  • Have you tried removing ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist? New windows should just be sorted by the same attribute as previous windows.
    – Lri
    Oct 14, 2011 at 2:11

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Open the finder window and hit cmd+j.

Select the settings you want and then at the bottom hit Use As Defaults.

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    Strangely, that doesn't do it. It seems that many folders (Downloads, Documents, etc) have by time as an override. But thanks.
    – vy32
    Oct 15, 2011 at 3:38
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    This is one thing I don't like about OSX, by setting it as default it looks like it only effects the current folder. The folder in which you set it will from now on open in that way, but the others are untouched. You could potentially copy the .DS_Store file from that folder to all other folders. DS_Store is what saves the display information. Oct 15, 2011 at 20:53
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    This kind of thing drives me bonkers. I wish Apple gave you more options to use the OS the way YOU want to, not the way they want you to. Their way is almost always more cumbersome and exhausting.
    – Tyguy7
    Oct 1, 2018 at 19:13
  • does the job for a specific folder. Is it possible to apply it to all finder folders somehow?
    – Nadav
    Nov 28, 2019 at 11:56
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    What an odd design choice by Apple. Yes, I want the default layout to be a bunch of icons sitting on top of each other with no organization whatsoever. That's just right for me...
    – Longblog
    Nov 1, 2022 at 16:49

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