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Fri, Nov 20, 2020 3:04 PM

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Photoshop 22.0, 22.0.1: My files are out of order in their folders

When I save my files into folders I usually have a name and a number i.e. FileName_01, FileName_02 and so on.

The last little while, since updating to the last two versions of Photoshop, my files appear out of order in the folders when saving or opening. First of all, the highest number is at the top and that's new. I am sure they used to read top to bottom. Then there will be one random file which will be out of order, i.e.  07, 06, 04, 05, 03, 02, 01. It is driving me up the wall, as I usually click on the last filename on the list and then change the number - i.e. to  save an untitled file as FileName_09, I go to the (usually bottom of the list), click on the last file, which in this case would be FileName_08, the new file's name goes from Untitled to FileName_08 and then I change the number to _09 and save. When I am dealing with higher numbers it is handy to go to the bottom of the list, click on the name and then I know that the last number was, say 73, therefore this new file must be 74. This out of order issue throws everything into disarray as now the last file on the bottom or top of the list is not necessarily the number I am up to.  I hope I'm explaining clearly. clicking on the sorting buttons doesn't change anything. I would like to add that the files show up in the correct order in the Finder.

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1 y ago

Ok. I have sorted this. It was a Finder settings thing. I realised this when I tried the 'open' command in other applications and they all showed the files out of order.

The solution is that there are two criteria which affect the order of the files: to "arrange" the files and to "sort" the files and one was overriding the other. It didn't show in the Finder but it did in Photoshop, and only in Column view - not in List view.

The thing is that the 'Sort by' is hidden in the Finder 'View' menu. I guess even after 30 years of Mac use, there are still things to be learned.  

I don't know at what point the 'Sort' changed to a different criteria in my system but now I know how to fix it.

SOLUTION:

In the Finder View Menu, hold down Alt|Option and "arrange by" changes to "Sort by" and then you can fix this.

Also, when opening a folder from an application i.e. Photoshop, holding Alt/Option whilst clicking the column view icon will reveal the sorting criteria of the folder's contents in the same way.

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1 y ago

I forgot to add...

MacBook Pro 15" (2016)

Radeon Pro 460 4 GB

16 GB RAM

The following is the Finder window with the files in the correct order, lowest number at the top and no files in strange position.

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1 y ago

This is that other folder as viewed in the Finder:

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1 y ago

Not a Mac person, but looks like your in different views, have you tried changing from columns to list then clicking on the column header to sort?

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1 y ago

Hi Stephen, yes - I have toggled the views. This is really baffling, I have been using Photoshop professionally for illustration/storyboards daily since 1997 and I can’t explain it.