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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 blackcircle_a.jpgblackcircle_b.jpgblackcircle_c.jpgblackcircle_d.jpg.

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

  • Name (Control-Command-1) arranges items alphabetically by name.
  • Kind ash_a.jpg (Control-Command-2) arranges items alphabetically by the kind of file.
  • Application arranges items alphabetically by the application that will open them.
  • Date Last Opened (Control-Command-3) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were last opened.
  • Date Added (Control-Command-4) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were added.
  • Date Modified ash_b.jpg (Control-Command-5) arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were last modified.
  • Date Created arranges items in reverse chronological order by the date they were created.
  • Size (Control-Command-6) 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 480).
  • Label (Control-Command-7) arranges items by color-coded label (if applied; page 80).
  • None (Control-Command-0) removes any applied arrangement option.

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:

    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 ash_e.jpg.
    • Choose None from the Arrange pop-up menu on the window’s toolbar ash_f.jpg.
    • Press Control-Command-0 (zero).

To sort and arrange a window’s contents

  1. Activate the window you want to sort and arrange.
  2. Follow the instructions on page 65 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 blackcircle_g.jpg.

    The items are sorted in the order you specified.

  4. Follow the instructions on page 65 to apply an arrangement option to the window.

    The items are grouped by the arrangement option and, if possible, sorted within each group by the sort option you chose in step 3.

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