macOS Sierra: How to Put Folders First in Finder Lists

Tucked away inside macOS Sierra is a handy little preference that makes it much easier to find Folders in the Finder window.

Traditionally in macOS/OS X the contents of a window are shown in alphabetical order with files and folders all mixed up. This has been default behavior for years.

To  make sure files or folders appear first in the list most of us have gotten used to inserting a blank space in the file name – but now there is an option in Finder preferences that will let you put folders first in the list.

How to do it:

  • In Finder open Finder Preferences in the menu
  • OR
  • Press Command and ,
  • Click on Advanced
  • Look to the last checkbox item on the list. New in macOS Sierra is an option to ‘Keep folders on top when sorting by name’. Check this and folders will appear first in the list. This should help you get to them fast.

Do you have other macOS Sierra tips? Please let me know in comments below.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

1 Response

  1. Andy Atkinson Jobs says:

    Explain a bit more. Why would one want to do this?!

    I suppose to quickly navigate inside folders insider folders… Anything else?

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