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This chapter is from the book Arranging Window Contents

Arranging Window Contents

In addition to moving icons and sorting lists, you can also use menu commands to arrange window icons by specific fields of information, such as kind, size, or date. Items are then grouped in the window by the arrange field you chose ABCD.

Figure 32 A In this example, the Documents folder is displayed in icon view and arranged by kind of file.

Figure 33 B Here’s the Documents folder again, displayed in list view and arranged by kind of file.

Figure 34 C The same Documents folder, this time in column view arranged by size.

Figure 35 D In this example, the Documents folder is displayed in Cover Flow view and arranged by Date Last Added.

You can arrange a window’s contents by nine different fields of information:

  • Name (Control-Command-1) arranges items alphabetically by name (page <OV>).
  • Kind AB (Control-Command-2) arranges items alphabetically by the kind of file.
  • Application (Control-Command-3) arranges items alphabetically by the application that will open them (page <OV>).
  • Date Last Opened (Control-Command-4) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were last opened.
  • Date Added (Control-Command-5) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were added.
  • Date Modified (Control-Command-6) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were last modified.
  • Date Created (Control-Command-7) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were created.
  • Size (Control-Command-8) arranges items in reverse size order. Folders have a size of 0 for this option unless you have set the window to calculate folder sizes (page <OV>).
  • Label (Control-Command-9) arranges items by color-coded label (if applied; page <OV>).

As shown on these pages, the Arrange feature works in all window views.

To arrange window contents:

  1. Activate the window you want to arrange.
  2. Use one of the following techniques:
    • Choose a command from the Arrange By submenu under the View menu E.
    • Choose a command from the Arrange pop-up menu on the window’s toolbar F, which is new in OS X Lion.
    • Press the appropriate keyboard shortcut (page <?>).

    Figure 36 E The Arrange By menu under the View menu.

    The icons are grouped in the window based on the Arrange By option you chose.

To remove arrangement settings from a window:

  1. Activate the window you want to remove arrangement settings from.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Choose View > Arrange By > None E.
    • Choose None from the Arrange pop-up menu on the window’s toolbar F.
    • Press Control-Command-0 (zero).

    Figure 37 F The new Arrange menu on the toolbar.

To sort and arrange a window’s contents:

  1. Activate the window you want to sort and arrange.
  2. Follow the instructions on page 31 to remove any arrangement settings applied to the window.
  3. Hold down the Option key and choose an option from the Sort By submenu under the View menu G.
  4. The items are sorted in the order you specified.

  5. Follow the instructions on page 31 to apply an arrangement option to the window.
  6. The items are grouped by the arrangement option and, if possible, sorted within each group by the sort option you chose in step 3.

    Figure 38 G Holding down the Option key turns the Arrange By submenu into a Sort By submenu.

Figure 38 G Holding down the Option key turns the Arrange By submenu into a Sort By submenu.

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