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  1. UglyStuff
    February 26, 2018

    You can also install this wonderful (and free!) gem called XtraFinder, which does that, and many other things, like adding tabs in the Finder windows, among other things.

    Here: http://www.trankynam.com/xtrafinder

    NB: this tip doesn’t work in older version of OS X (I’m still on Snow Leopard, and it doesn’t work).

  2. Mark
    February 26, 2018

    This is one of my favorite tips, and I wish they offered the same “Keep Folders on Top” setting for all other list and sort options. I would always like folders on top as an option!

  3. FarmerBob
    February 26, 2018

    The article needs to qualify the OS version that this works with. I’m running 10.11.6 and it does not work.

    • Meg O’Rourke
      February 27, 2018

      The article specifically identifies this information, but you must read the article to get the information you’re looking for. The third paragraph in the article discusses versioning support in macOS.

      “To be able to sort by name while keeping folders on the top, you will need a modern version of Mac OS system software, Sierra 10.12.x or later will have the capability while older versions do not.”

      The article appears before the comments section, you have to skip past the article to get to the comments area where you are. If you scroll back up you will find the article itself. I find if you click the headline link rather than “leave a comment” it goes to the right place.

  4. Phil H.
    February 26, 2018

    Start the folder name with a space and it’ll always be on top when ordering alphabetically. Place certain other files at the bottom with a “Z” or other character at the beginning.

  5. Bridger Mitchell
    February 26, 2018

    Preferences/Advanced shows only the first 3 checkable options: show filename extensions, warn before changing extension, warn before emptying trash. Remove trash option, and Keep folders on top do not appear.

    running: IOS 10.11.6

  6. UglyStuff
    February 27, 2018

    If you don’t mind hacking your way around macOS or OS X, there’s also this: https://superuser.com/questions/185437/how-do-you-sort-files-in-os-x-finder-so-folders-appear-at-the-top/185763#185763

  7. Magical Pippin
    February 27, 2018

    How long has this been there? I swear I looked for similar before!?!? Maybe I’m just going daft! Now all I want is the ability to pinch-zoom my finder content size, and swipe to go back/forward a folder like safari and the like… got any magic ways to do that?

  8. Allan Wheeler
    February 27, 2018

    Both folders and files can be positioned at a specified locatuion near the top by preceeding the name with a specific number of spaces; 5 spaces will be above 4, etc.

  9. Bill
    February 27, 2018

    I like this, my method has been to put a space in the initial position.

  10. Dennis
    February 28, 2018


    defaults write com.apple.finder _FXSortFoldersFirst -bool true

  11. UglyStuff
    February 28, 2018

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for, thank you!

  12. Thomas
    March 2, 2018

    Great feature on Mac – I would love to see this in the File App on iOS too! Does anyone know if/how that’s possible?!?

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