I can't get this reversed thing to work:

Tell application "Finder" to set the sort direction of the modification date column to reversed
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    – MattDMo
    Mar 11, 2013 at 17:49
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    I try to change view settings of front most window in Finder. I can't figure out how to change modification date column to reversed order.
    – Johnnie
    Mar 11, 2013 at 18:34

3 Answers 3


There is a bug in 10.7 and 10.8 where changing the sort direction doesn't always work unless you change the sort column first (see this question).

tell application "Finder" to tell list view options of window 1
    set sort column to name column
    set sort column to modification date column
    set sort direction of column modification date column to reversed
end tell

There are some useful links in the answers to this question. I would recommend using the Accessibility Inspector, which is part of XCode, to find the names of the various elements you are trying to address with your script. You can also try some of the scripts linked here, in particular the first one (edited slightly):

set appname to "Finder"

set winstuff to "defaultval"
set menustuff to "defaultval"

tell application appname
end tell

tell application "System Events"
  tell process appname
    set winstuff to entire contents of front window
    set menustuff to entire contents of menu bar 1
  end tell
end tell
--return winstuff & "rrrr" & menustuff -- comment this out to get just winstuff
return winstuff -- comment this out too to get just menustuff
--return menustuff

Unfortunately I'm not in front of a Mac right now, but from these tools you should be able to find out the element to address.


I think i found another bug. This code does not make kind column invisible.

tell application "Finder" to set visible of column id kind column of list view options of front window to false

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