How to Display Folders First in Finder (macOS)

A somewhat recent feature update to macOS now allows you to sort your files and folders in Finder such that the folders always display first, at the top of the ‘list’. Here’s how!

  1. Open up a Finder window and select Finder from the Menu Bar and then Preferences… from the list of options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab from the top of the Preferences window. Locate the section titled Keep folders on top: and then place a check in the box next to In windows when sorting by name. If you’d like to have your folders displayed first on your Desktop as well, place a check in the box next to On Desktop as well.
  3. Now when you sort your files and folders by name, the folders will always appear at the top of the list – no matter which ‘view’ you’re using in Finder (icon view, list view, column or gallery view).
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  • Doug March 14, 2019, 5:55 pm

    I had this feature turned on, but after a recent OS update, the option is not only turned off, but the GUI choice for it has disappeared from the Advanced tab. Can anyone help me get it back?

  • Cee August 25, 2019, 8:27 pm

    It’s not gone, as of Mac OS 10.14.6. However, you must SORT BY NAME for the folders to appear at the top.

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