Is there a way to use a personal sorting system in the finder's windows ? I don't want to sort the files and folders using the "Labels" (because of the colors). I just want to have the list ordered the way I want...

Is this possible ?

  • In what view? In icon view, you can put them in whatever order you want. In the other views, not so much.
    – Daniel
    Nov 4, 2011 at 13:50
  • Indeed, obviously not in the icon view.
    – Rabskatran
    Nov 4, 2011 at 13:52
  • the way you want as in drag & drop to change the order? then probably no. But you can change the arrangement of lists by going to View > Arrange By.
    – abc905
    Nov 7, 2011 at 12:30

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You could make a custom sort order using Spotlight Comments. Show the Comments column in your Finder window (View > Show View Options), then enter Spotlight Comments into your files (File > Get Info) so that they sort in the order you want. You could also use these comments for Spotlight searches and smart folders.

Custom Sort with Spotlight Comments

You can use Automator to add the same comment to a whole batch of files by creating an Automator Service (for contextual menu) or Application (for drag & drop) and using the "Set Spotlight Comments for Finder Items" action. Make sure to change "Service receives selected" to files or folders. To have Automator ask you what text to use for the comment, show the Options for the "Set Spotlight Comments" action and check Show this action when the workflow runs.

Automator Workflow: Batch Comment

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    By the way, I've heard that Spotlight Comments are stored in .DS_Store files, so be careful deleting them if you use this trick! (:
    – SilverWolf
    Oct 24, 2017 at 20:01
  • How can I use more than 1 such column? :) Nov 10, 2018 at 19:34

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