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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" ...
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How can you get Finder to sort by name, but also sort folders before files?

When I want sort my files and folder in Finder (specially sort by name) they sort all item by name mixing folders and files together. I want a way that sorts (like Windows) first all folders by name ...
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Make ls command sort by file type (e.g. directories and file extension)

How do I make ls sort by file type (e.g. directories first and then by file extension)? The answers suggested in (Super User) Make ls sort by file type result in unknown option errors from ls.
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How do you get Mac OS Finder to group folders together when sorting?

I have Mac OS 10.7.4 and I'd like Finder to use "Is Folder?" as its first sort criteria, or in other words, group folders before files regardless of the sorting method. Windows and Linux both do this ...
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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 can I change Finder's default sort to filename?

Since I updated to Lion, every time I bring up a new Finder window the default sort order is by modification date. I want the default sort by filename. Is there any way to change this?
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Sorting Contacts in Other Languages

I use the iPhone in English, but I save the names of my contacts in Russian. The problem is that they all appear now under (#). Is there any way to fix that?
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Reverse icon view order in Finder

When you press Command ⌘+J in Finder to bring up the options for the current folder and change what you sort the files by (in my case Date Created), is there any way to reverse the order? Rather than ...
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How do I enter Dutch names in Address Book?

Dutch surnames are kind of weird, in that a lot of them start with small words such as de/'t/het ("the"), van ("of"), van 't, van der ("of the"), etc. This makes them a pain to enter in most address ...
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How do I get rid of the sub headings in finder with “arrange be date created” in Lion

So I installed Lion and I can't stand the way finder arranges icons arrange by date. Finder makes a bunch of sub headings like: today, yesterday, past 30 days or earlier. These settings have a show ...
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Is there a tool or an app to automatically sort home screen icons?

Is there any way to automatically sort all apps across all screens?
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Can I sort the songs in a playlist on my iPhone?

Is it possible to change the order of songs in a playlist on the iPhone? For example, if they are originally sorted alphabetically by "Artist", can I change the song order of the playlist so that the ...
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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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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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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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How do I list iTunes apps by the account that purchased it?

I've got more than one person downloading apps to my iTunes, and so I'd like to list all apps purchased by one account (meaning the same email address). How can I separate apps like this? I can't seem ...
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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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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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Personal sorting system in the finder's windows

Is there a way to use a personal sorting system in the finder's windows ? I don't want to sort the files and folders using the "Labels" (because of the colors). I just want to have the list ordered ...
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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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How to sort mail.app conversations by subject rather than sender?

Most of my work-related mail goes through a ticketing system. Whenever a customer or me or any of my colleagues sends a mail or replies to a mail, the ticketing system sends a copy of said message to ...
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Define order of label color in Finder

I have ordered labeled PDF files with the colors green (very good), orange (ok) and red (bad). When I order my files after labels I get: Green Orange Yellow But I want to have Green Yellow Orange ...
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How to sort files entirely by date?

Is there any way to sort all files in a particular directory by date, even ones in subfolders? For example: drive root -> documents -> mysite -> dev Drive root contains a bunch of individual files, ...
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Cannot sort folders in Finder by name

I can't figure it out how to sort folders by name in Finder. The contents should look like this: 0629e7bc-8110-4db9-aaa9-b67b0b73743d 06a409e1-98c6-4bf4-afa4-c814f7899d82 0a3a5c12-e459-4aa0-b9cb-...
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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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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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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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Stop finder using cover flow in icon view

I am using Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion and one of the finder features that really annoys me is that when i try to sort files by 'Date Created' in icon view it separates them into sections such as '...
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How can I sort Safari bookmarks in Lion?

I used Bookmarkdog in Snow Leopard and Lion but since I'm using iCloud that app no longer works and its successor BookMaster does not seem to be doing the sorting like Bookmarkdog used to do. What ...
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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 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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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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How can I reproduce the Finder sort order without asking Finder to sort for me?

I work with a large collection of mostly-text files subdivided by series, periodically mirroring them from an upstream repository and repackaging them using a shell script from a slightly chaotic ...
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How can I sort a Finder search by size on OS 10.6.8?

I'm using OSX 10.6.8, and when searching on finder, it doesn't let me sort files by size, is there a way to do this?
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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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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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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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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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Can iTunes sort games by OS version?

Bought an iPod Touch for my son which I then discovered is a 2nd gen which doesn't support lots of apps and games. Currently I either have to try downloading a game to see if it fails or read the ...
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How can I get mail.app to go to the item below a deleted item in my inbox?

When I'm reviewing mail, I like to have my most recent on top, and I work backwards in time (i.e., down the list). But when I delete an item, rather than going to the next lower item in the list (...
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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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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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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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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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mac mail sort by date newest at top by default

When opening mac mail I always get my mails sorted in the wrong order in the Date sent column i.e. oldest at the top. But like most people I want to have my mails sorted by the newest date on top by ...
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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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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 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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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 ...