Is there any way in the Finder to sort each column in column view by different criteria? When I select a sort order, it applies universally to every column.

For example, I would like to sort a particular folder by kind, but the contents of a subfolder of that folder by date.

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There may be a third-party way to do this I haven't heard of, but there is no way to achieve what you want here using native OS X settings.


Yup you can do that by using the View Options panel. Open the folder then from the View menu select the "Show View Options". This brings up the View Options panel. Here you can set your views for each folder.

For example, I have my Downloads folder set to Always open in List View and Sort By Date Added. This way the most recently downloaded file is always at the top. No matter what the view was configured in the previous folder, when I open the Downloads folder, it uses these settings.

I have many other folders set up in specific configurations. Work images is in a large cover flow layout. Icon development folder is in Icon View with large icons. etc... I'm sure you can come up with many different configurations.

If you have a configuration you want to be the default for any new folders or folders that don't have a custom view configured, click on the Use As Defaults button.

  • Select View Options in Finder, or just hit Command-j
    – Zo219
    Jan 1, 2013 at 22:29
  • Sorry, you misunderstood the question. I know how to set view settings for different folders. What I want to do is set a Finder window to column view, then sort each column in that window by different criteria. It doesn't seem possible because when in column view, whatever you set in View Options applies to every column.
    – daGUY
    Jan 2, 2013 at 14:00

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