OSX Finder: Sort Folder Before File

Here the trick to change this behavior under Finder.
  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Open InfoPlist.strings file using vi text editor as a root.
    sudo vi /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/InfoPlist.strings

    (change English.lproj to your language)

  3. Find below line:
    /* General kind strings */
    “Folder” = “Folder”;
  4. Do following change (by adding space before ” Folder” word after equal sign).
    “Folder” = ” Folder”;
  5. Save the InfoPlist.strings file by press [esc], type wq (mean write and quit vi) then press [return].
  6. Close Terminal
  7. Restart your Finder, right click on Finder icon while pressing the key[option] and select Relaunch your Finder.
  8. Open Finder and order by Kind.

Author: Thomas Faddegon

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  • Thanks for sharing this tip.

    btw. TotalFinder offers this feature in a more robust way.

    [disclaimer: I’m the author of TotalFinder]

  • Yes I’ve tried the software and totalfinder is great but a paid app. Maybe I use it in the future ­čśë