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Keeping Applications Folder Icons Organized


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I cannot seem to keep the application icons organized alphabetically. I arrange them alphabetically, close the window down, but when I reopen the application window many of them are out of order. Thanks for any help.
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Hi Havana,

Welcome to the forum!

If you were just to drag a new app into the folder, it would seek out its place alphabetically. I'm not sure why they wouldn't line up alphabetically without you're having to put them in their place...

Maybe you should try a utility like Onyx or MainMenu to run maintenance scripts and attempt to fix whatever may be wrong with your OS, assuming there is a problem. The utilities are both free and each does a good job. I use MainMenu and its icon sits on the upper right menu bar. It has a batch mode so it can run whatever scripts you want it to run. Run once a day in your Apple to keep the doctor away

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Click on the folder and then do a command j. click on the box keep arranged by name.

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You can also change the default settings on the folder. Choose the view you want whether it is list or icon etc. Once you've chosen this right click anywhere inside of the folder. Not on an icon, and choose the show view options.

Once here, you can set the default look of the folder. Sort by kind or alphabetically. Once I changed the settings to what I wanted, the folder has stayed the same ever since. It automatically realigns whenever something is dragged and dropped.

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rman,

Thanks from me, too. I learned a new key combo - there are so many in Mac that I'm slowly learning as a new switcher

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I tried your method and it does work, but with the Apps folder it only seems to work in Icons and List views - the other 2 views don't have any space to right click on without highlighting an app... Or is there a trick to that?

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