When viewing a folder in Finder, by clicking the different column headings you can select how you want the folder contents sorted: by name, kind (extension), modified date, et cetera.

What I would like is to see is all files of a certain kind grouped together, and then sorted on date. For example, all .jpg files sorted on date, then all .txt files sorted on date, and so on.

So something like a 'combined' sorting criterium, where kind or filetype takes higher precedence, and then (for files with the same extension) date, and perhaps even more criteria.

Is this possible in Finder? Can I perhaps even define or customize my own 'sorting rules' ?

In case it matters, I'm using macOS 10.14 Mojave.

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    I'm not running macOS Mojave yet however, in macOS High Sierra when I want to sort on two criteria in Finder, when in List View select the column, e.g. Kind, then press Command-J, then select the second criteria in the Arrange By: list box. You also can just select the folder and press Command-J and select the criteria in both the Arrange By: and Sort By: list boxes. Oct 3, 2018 at 10:11
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    @user3439894 Awesome, that worked like a charm (it's called Group By: and Sort By: in Mojave, but appears to be the same) Thanks!
    – RocketNuts
    Oct 3, 2018 at 10:30

1 Answer 1

  1. Click the Group button, then choose an option, e.g. kind.
  2. Hold the Option key and click the Group button again, now you can choose the criteria to sort by.

Tested on macOS Ventura.

  • Works like a charm! Mar 9, 2023 at 7:18
  • Worked perfectly. Could you please share some documentation about this? How did you find out? Jun 9, 2023 at 6:04

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