Search Results

OS X 10.9’s Finder: Wrong text colour in selection highlighting in list view

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Ever since I installed Mavericks last fall, I’ve been trying to find a way to reproduce a problem that I was seeing with the Finder using the wrong text colour for the highlighted item in a Finder window in list view: The dark green is my custom selection colour (instead of the lighter sky blue […]

Lion’s Finder: Auto Save deselects files in list view

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Further proof, if needed, that Apple continues to treat the list view mode in Mac OS X’s Finder as a second-class citizen. In Lion’s Finder, open a folder in list view that contains, for example, a Numbers ’09 file that you currently have open in Numbers and are in the process of editing. Select a file […]

Mac OS X’s Finder: Can’t have two list views sorted differently

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The other day, a reader wrote to me to point out that, “in the Finder, that when I open two windows, I can’t have them using different sortings.” And sure enough, there seems to be an odd limitation, at least in Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6), with Finder windows in list view. In Mac […]

Mac OS X’s Finder: Selection highlighting and dragging in list view

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

It’s sad but true. Ever since Apple switched us from the classic Mac OS to Mac OS X, the list view mode in the Finder has been treated as a second-class citizen. It has been buggy, neglected, abused, and more. Unfortunately, nearly ten years later, there are still daily reminders of this class struggle in […]

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): Finder toolbar buttons don’t work in list view when name is editable

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

List view is still a second-class citizen in Mac OS X 10.5.

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): Finder keeps reverting to list view mode for no reason

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

An annoying bug that makes the “logic” behind view options in Mac OS X 10.5 completely muddled.

Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): List view in Finder still doesn’t scroll properly when typing the first few letters of the file name

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

If your folder contains thousands of files, list view doesn’t work as expected with keyboard selection.

Mac OS X’s Finder: Edit commands don’t work properly when editing file names in list view

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

‘Cut’ command doesn’t work at all, ‘Copy’ and ‘Paste’ commands sort of work, and Esc doesn’t work as expected.

Mac OS X’s Finder: Dates not in sync in Finder window in list view

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Something is seriously wrong with the Finder’s list view mode.

Mac OS X’s Finder: Needs a Preview pane in list view

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

An idea for Mac OS X 10.5?

Mac OS X’s Finder: Yet another problem in Finder windows in List view

Friday, September 16th, 2005

I have already reported on two problems that affect Finder windows in “View as List” view mode exclusively, when a file name is editable. Back in 2003, I reported that, when a file in a Finder window in “View as List” view mode was selected and its name was editable, you couldn’t use command-Delete to […]

Finder: Can’t drag item if name is editable (list view)

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

I don’t know why, today is the day for uncovering Finder bugs and flaws… Here’s another one that’s outrageously easy to reproduce. Open a Finder window in View as List view mode. Select an item in the window. Click on the name a second time to make it editable. While the name is editable, click […]

Finder: command-option-drag in View as List

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Normally, in Mac OS X’s Finder, when you hold the command and option keys down while dragging an item, this creates an alias of the item where you drop the item. The problem is that, while this works in Finder windows that as in “View as Icons” or in “View as Columns” view mode, it […]

Mac OS X’s Finder: Sort order when copying a list of files in View As List view mode

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

I have a folder containing the following 8 files: bully lesson plan.wpd bullying lesson plan.wpd Child Traffic grade 1.wpd DEFY 1 (medicine cabinet)outline.wpd defy level 1(medicinecabinet)lesson plan.wpd Elementary Drugs.wpd Halloween Safety lesson plan.wpd internet safety.wpd If I open the folder in a Finder window in View As Columns view mode, select the 8 files, and […]

Mac OS X’s Finder: Another problem in List View

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003

This one is another one in the list of small things that Apple so far has inexplicably failed to fix in Mac OS X. If you have a Finder window in List view mode in Mac OS X, and you click on the name of a file or folder in the list, the Finder selects […]