Change All My Files Grouping & Sorting Behavior in Mac OS X
“All My Files” is the all-inclusive folder in Mac OS X that includes, well, all of your files. It’s basically a smart folder that lists every user owned or created file, and by default it’s sorted by the files kind: Images, PDF’s, Documents, Music, Movies, Developer, and so on.
You’re not limited to sorting by filetype kind though, and by using the All My Files pulldown menu, you can choose to sort by name, last date opened, date added, date modified, date created, application the files were created in, size, and by label, or to have no sorting at all.
Changing “All My Files” Grouping Options in Mac OS
The three “All My Files” sorting options I find most useful are:
- Date Modified – the easiest way to find all recently edited or modified files
- Application – want to quickly see every Photoshop file on your Mac? Easy
- Size – another way to track down bloated personal files that are taking up disk space
These are other than the default setting of “Kind”, which is a very helpful way to sort a lot of personal files while avoiding the hierarchical folder structures that can develop in a traditional filesystem.
You can change these settings options by toggling the available column headers, or by right-clicking within the column header to enable or disable additional grouping and sorting possibilities.
If you don’t use “All My Files”, remember that you can set the New Window default to show the user Home directory again, which was the default behavior in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.