The article Force your Mac to sort folders on top of files (windows style), lets the Finder change its sorting order to first show folders and next all files.

This trick doesn't seem to work with Mountain Lion, InfoPlist.strings seems to be a binary file.

Do you know how to edit InfoPlist.strings in Mountain Lion?

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The InfoPlist.strings file you mention is a binary formatted property list. You can convert and edit these files with developer tools such as plutil.

The following article walks through the steps required, Show folders last in Finder.


Download TextWrangler from the Mac App Store. It automatically converts binary strings files and plist files for editing and is a generally good code editor.

  • It opens it, but won't let me save it because I'm not a member of the group "wheel". Any idea how to save it back down again? Nov 10, 2012 at 18:58
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    Save it to your desktop and copy it over to the original location. You will have to type your password.
    – duci9y
    Nov 11, 2012 at 6:49

Open the Finder, on the menu bar go to 'View', then scroll to 'View Options'.

Arrange by 'Kind', and sort by 'Kind' as in the screenshot, and the folders will be at the top.

Screenshot of view preferences

  • does it work for you ? I don't think it does for me...
    – jokoon
    Aug 10, 2012 at 7:57
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    what if i don't want every Finder view ordering the files by Kind? editing the Finder Infoplist is a much better option as you can sort as desired (ie by Name not Kind).
    – mujimu
    May 27, 2013 at 17:39

If you have Xcode, it will open plist files, and display them in a nice editable tree-view.

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