When I want sort my files and folder in Finder (specially sort by name) they sort all item by name mixing folders and files together. I want a way that sorts (like Windows) first all folders by name then all other items by name. How can I do this?
XtraFinder is free plugin for Finder that allows you to sort folders before files, by selecting "Arrange folders on top" in the Preferences.
After installing and running it, you can tune folder sorting and many other aspects of Finder behavior.
Related to the Total Finder answer above (so please don't vote for this answer), here's a picture of the current TF tweaks page (you get to it from the Finder's Preferences screen). With these options I definitely get the folders at the top of the list.
You can also control this from the VIEW menu in Finder, once TF is installed.
Here is a method that involves a plist setting, and no plugin, or third party app.
Show Package Contents of Finder.app (located in
Drill down to
Contents > Resources > English.lproj. > InfoPlist.strings
Locate the string
“Folder” = “Folder”;
Add a leading space before the second
“Folder” = “ Folder”;
InfoPlist.stringsto the same location (backup elsewhere if desired)
Relaunch Finder (
Open new Finder window and sort files by Kind
There is a Finder replacement called Path Finder that will do what you want. It's a bit more expensive but it does do a lot more than just a regular finder window.
Since I have found myself doing the
Folder trick over and over again I ended up creating a bash script to automate renaming of the string in
- Save it as e.g.
- Make it executable:
chmod +x finder-folders-first.sh
- Run with root permissions:
#!/bin/bash # Make folders sortable first in Finder if [[ $EUID -ne 0 ]]; then echo "Script must be run as root! Aborting." exit 1 fi cd /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/ cp -i InfoPlist.strings InfoPlist_ORIGINAL-`date +%b-%d-%Y_%H_%M_%S`.strings plutil -convert xml1 InfoPlist.strings sed 's|<string>Folder</string>|<string> Folder</string>|' InfoPlist.strings > InfoPlist_PATCHED.strings diff InfoPlist.strings InfoPlist_PATCHED.strings if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then echo File already patched! Exiting. exit -1 else echo Patching original file... plutil -convert binary1 InfoPlist_PATCHED.strings -o InfoPlist.strings fi echo Restarting Finder... killall Finder echo Done!
The last line restarts Finder. To do the same thing from the GUI press Alt+rightclick the Finder icon in the Dock and select Relaunch.
Now, in Finder click the Kind column once/twice to have the folders listed as first/last.
This works in Mavericks and Yosemite, but might not work in later versions.