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I would like to have windows in the Finder sort directories before files, in the manner of Microsoft Windows' Explorer as well as Linux KDE.

I tried following this link but it did not yield the desired outcome, specifically some directories had contents sorted that way but some had files first then directories and some were still mixed. Also, I would like to know what the difference is between sorting and arranging in the Show View Options screen.

  • Did you killall Finder from terminal? – hoss Aug 14 '13 at 15:50
  • yep and still doesn't sort after reopening – amphibient Aug 14 '13 at 15:52
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If you want to view things in a more Microsoft Windows-like fashion, there are several third-party commercial utilities that can provide more options. I do not know which of these will provide the exact layout you want, but you can download trial versions of one or more of the following:

RAGE Macintosh Explorer (This app is free)

Binary Age Total Finder

CocoaTech Path Finder

St. Clair Default Folder X (for Open and Save dialog boxes)

  • i wouldn't attribute this style to Windows only, e.g. my Fedora KDE filesystem browsers (e.g. Thunar and Nautilus) do it that way also. – amphibient Aug 14 '13 at 16:27

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