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Macos sorts file randomly (at least it seems so to me)

I checked other questions, checked Apple forums - the only thing I could find is Sort by / Arrange by but in my case none of their combinations helps me to get plain "by name" option, currently I can'...
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Sorting file names using a custom rule

I saw that in iTunes if you select an item in your playlist and go to Edit > Info > Sorting, in the "Sort As" field you can enter the actual name in which you want the item to be sorted as when you ...
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Numbers not sorting dates correctly

I cannot get the column to sort the dates correctly in Numbers! I want to sort the column by date and instead of sorting 1 through 12, it sorts like this: 1,10,11,12,2,3
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Sort output of tmutil compare by file size

tmutil compare gives differences between two backups. But I wonder how do I sort the output by file size? With GNU sort, there is the --human-numeric-sort option for this, but the sort which is part ...
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Sort by reverse option

When I arrange my folders with the Sort by option (I mostly use Date added) it will sort the files by the most recent one being the first and the oldest being the last. I want to reverse this that ...
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Sorting font files into subfolders

I'm building an action to sort fonts for me. Fonts should be sorted into subfolders based on family name within a subfolder for the manufacturer. It looks like this… The font family I am sorting has ...
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Sorting files on extension (kind) and then date in Finder? (Mojave)

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 ...
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Sort with case-sensitivity (lowercase before uppercase) in macOS in the Terminal

I am trying to use the answer in GNU Sort by case-sensitive to sort a file in my Mac OS. My file.txt looks like this: "Best" "A" "BEST" In the second answer to the mentioned question, it says that ...
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Dock folder shortcut: Is it possible to change the sort order of files in subfolders?

I have a shortcut to a folder in the Dock. Here is how this folder is configured: This folder contains several subfolders. When I enter a subfolder by hovering the mouse cursor over a subfolder ...
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Arrange files in a folder using custom method

Say you have a folder containing files with a specific naming format which cannot be changed. For example: [Andersen, Bollerslev, Meddahi](2010) Realized volatility forecasting and market ...
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How to change the sorting priority for special characters in file names

In Finder.app, as per the default sort order, the files and folders whose name begin with an underscore character _ appear before the hidden files, i.e. ones whose name being with a dot .. I would ...
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Finder sort order not alphabetical (again)

I know you might be annoyed by those questions, but here is my specific problem: A list of PDFs, which is in no explaineable way ordered non-alphabetical. It is consistent between list and column ...
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How to sort by name in Finder?

I cannot sort by name when I simply open a finder, and select a folder. See the image below: I know that I can do Cmd-J to bring up the menu for defining the sort and arrange by, but this seems ...
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Understanding 'sort by name' behavior in Finder

I don't understand the sort behavior I'm experiencing in Finder (MacOS Sierra). Is there anyway to get the 'sort by name' to sort alphabetically such that 0 < 9, a < z, and numbers < letters?
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“Clean up by name” isn't sorting my files in alphabetical order

I have a folder containing six subfolders. Right-clicking on the Finder background and clicking "Clean up by name" sorts them into the order "1.0", "1.5", "1.6", "1.25", "1.56", and "2.0". This is ...
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Can I make Finder NOT ignore leading zeros sorting by name?

I understand Apple's intention to sort things like this: dir_1 dir_002 dir_03 ... But it becomes ridiculous in the following example: dir_0.1_1 dir_0.01_1 dir_0.001_1 dir_0.1_2 dir_0.01_2 dir_0....
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Finder “Arrange by date” splits into Today, Previous 7 Days, Previous 30 Days, etc

When I use Finder on OSX 10.11.6, selecting any of the "Arrange by date [modified/last opened/created/added]" splits up the window into various vertical subcategories which I can either horizontally ...
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iTunes - Sorting issue. Song names that start with 'the' or 'a'

I'm sorry guys if this is an easy fix. But I really couldn't find any useful info about this anywhere. iTunes ignores the 'the' and 'a' in the song names and sorts them this way. as you can see in the ...
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How to sort files in reverse alphabetical and maintain that setting for given folders

I have a bunch of folders that I use to store bank statements, utility bills, correspondence etc. The filename of each item starts with an eight digit code, which is the date of the item (for example, ...
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Is there a way to sort in Aperture based on an arbitrary Exif or IPTC field?

While I can search on lots of stuff, I don't seem so sort on much. At present in Aperture you can sort on rating, date, filename, label, keywords, file size, version name, orientation. The keywords ...
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Sort Desktop icons by reverse of “Date Created”?

I want my oldest folders to be at the top and my newest ones to be at the bottom. Sorting my Desktop by "Date Created" does the opposite of this, but how do I flip it? I'm on macOS Sierra and have ...
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How Can I Create A Service To Alphabetize A Comma Separated Text String?

My understanding is that RegEx will not do this. What will? My issue, specifically, is extremely messy iTunes genre tags. I would like to merge genre tags that have the same or similar comma ...
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Can I clean up by date created in reverse order?

I have a folder of documents that I want to sort by the date they were created from oldest to newest. I know you can do this in list view, but I really want it to be in icon view. I know that you ...
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Why can't I have unique sorting options for folders in Finder?

For example, when I set the Documents folder in my user folder to "Sort by: Kind", it also sets the sorting option for every other folder on my computer. Can I have unique folder sorting options? Or ...
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How to sort photos inside a photo album in the Photos app on an iPhone by date [PC]?

By default the photos in user-created albums are sorted by date added, NOT date taken. The user may rearrange the photos one-by-one (tap and hold). I do NOT own a Mac.
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Reverse sorting order in Photos app on Mac OS X

the Photos app on Mac is really nice, but it shows the oldest pictures first, so I have to scroll to the bottom each time I open it... and I have lots of pictures. So my question is: How can I ...
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How is the iOS App Store Updates list organized?

I have dozens of apps in my iOS App Store that have updates available, but I have no interest in updating most of them. There are certain apps though that if an update were available I would want to ...
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How can I iterate through a folder and move/copy every Nth item

I want to make a time lapse from a folder of images, but there are too many and the time lapse progresses to slowly. How do I select, for example, every 10th item, and either copy or move the items ...
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Sort folders first, then files [El Capitan]

I am aware there are many posts about this problem, but many are just workarounds for Finder. However I use console more often then Finder because of programming. I am also aware of something like ...
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How do I sort albums alphabetically in Photos.app?

I would like to know if I can alphabetically sort albums in Photos.app. The iPhoto method for doing this did not work.
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How to put or move downloaded files in different folders depending on file type?

Is there a good plugin that automatically saves downloaded files via Safari in different folders depending on the file type? Or maybe a plugin that let's you put a few destinations in the context menu?...
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With the new Apple Music app is there a way to sort my music by Album?

It seems that Apple have messed up sorting again in the new Apple Music app. I want to sort my music by Album Title, not by Artist and then Title. Is there a way to do this?
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Way to manually(!) sort files into folders

I'm looking for an easy way to quickly go through a bunch of files, mostly videos and images and sort them in a set of standard folders. Currently I open the videos/images in VLC see what they're ...
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Manage Sort options in OS X Photos App

OSX 10.10.3 has been just released and I immediately migrated my iPhoto library to Photos. More or less there's everything I'm used to in iPhoto but Apple's removed a useful function: I can't reverse ...
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How do I sort/recover deleted items on Mac?

So I'm a DJ and I was going through my music files in Itunes when I made a bonehead mistake of deleting about half of my music library! Now I go to my Trash Bin in hopes of being able to recover those ...
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Sort files by name length in finder?

I want to be able to find all mp3 files with exactly 4 letters so i can highlight them and open them up in ITunes. How do I do this? I recently copied mp3s from my iPod to my mac. These files are all ...
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Why are these date-stamped docs sorted by name length, not numerical order?

Here's a list of docs with date stamps at the end of the filename. Some contained typos (which I'm about to fix) causing them to be one character longer than the others. This extra character changed ...
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How to sort column by date in Numbers?

I've my column in format dd/mm/yyyy and I would like to sort them by date. But I can't find any way of sorting the column by date. If I Sort Ascending, it doesn't recognise that the rows have the date ...
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Mavericks Finder No Coverflow

I just upgraded to Mavericks (late I know), and I'm not much liking the new Finder sorting system. I had it arranged by modified, for workflow reasons, but I liked the grid too, not the coverflow rows ...
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Wrong sorting of non-English characters (iTunes 11.2 for Windows)

Since version 11.2 of iTunes for Windows, I am experiencing a problem with sorting of names with non-English characters (such as ž, š, č, ř or other in Czech). It seems that iTunes completely omits ...
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Terminal Equivalent of Finder Sort Order

One of the features I like about the Finder is that it sorts numbers "correctly", i.e - a file named "Episode 10" will come after "Episode 9" in a list, rather than after "Episode 1". However, I ...
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Is there a way to disable the sorting on click within mail.app?

Let me first tell you my specific problem: I'm setting up mail.app for a senior citizen (read as in bad eyesight, bad hand-eye coordination). I taught a setup were emails would be sorted by ...
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How do I enter chinese names in Address Book?

Chinese names are quite elaborate and quite different from the "standard American name" that the Mac Address Book is based on. Notably I'm looking for a good way to Store a person's Chinese name – ...
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Bad sort order in file picker, correct in Finder

Say I download a bunch of random files in Safari for upload to some other website. The files automatically end up in my Downloads folder, so it would make sense to sort the files by Date Added so the ...
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Sort Stickies by desktop

I have OS X Lion 10.7.5 with four desktops and also have 4 groups of stickies (one group per desktop). Every time that I have to reopen the Stickies app, they are unsorted (all stickies open on the ...
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Getting the lower variable

In applescript I have 4 variables, each one with its number. I'd like to have a function that tells me which variable is set to the lower number. EG. set one to 12 set two to 55 set three to 2 set ...
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Itunes Smart Playlist - Sort by Descending Track Number

I want to create a smart playlist that will list an album by descending track number. I have a singles album in which I would like to add new singles as time goes on but I want to listen to the new ...
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Can I sort songs by Apple ID?

I have about 300 songs that were purchased with my ex-wifes account. I can't play them because they have a different Apple ID and were purchased by her account. Does anyone know how to "sort" for ...
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Sort order tiebreaker for “Album by Artist”

If there are two tracks in an album made of various homemade MP3 files (rather than an imported CD or downloaded) that have the same "album by artist" value, what is the tiebreaker value that controls ...
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Recent items are showing under “No Date” when sorting by date in finder

This thing's driving me crazy. Often, when I download or create a new file, and then I have to upload it to a website or something like that, it will appear after the oldest items under a "No Date" ...