How to Sort Files in File Cabinet Pro

There are a few ways you can sort files in File Cabinet Pro. This brief tutorial will explain all the different ways you can change the sort policy in File Cabinet Pro.

Option One: Use the Context Menu

One way to change the sort policy in File Cabinet Pro is to right click on the background of the window to bring up the context menu. Then from the context menu hover your mouse over the “Sort By” menu item to open up the submenu and choose your desired sort policy.

File Cabinet Pro Mac app screenshot showing context menu exposed with Sort By submenu exposed.

Note: You can also sort in descending order using any sort policy from the context menu by holding down the Option key while the “Sort By” submenu is exposed. While the Option key is pressed down, the menu while show a downward arrow to indicate descending order.

File Cabinet Pro screenshot of the Sort By submenu in descending order.

Option Two: Use Hotkeys to Sort

You can also use hotkeys to change the sort policy in File Cabinet Pro. Below you will find a list of the key combinations you can use to change the sort order:

Sort Policy Hotkey
Name Control+Command+1
Name Descending Control+Command+Option+1
Kind Control+Command+2
Kind Descending Control+Command+Option+2
Date Last Opened Control+Command+3
Date Last Opened Descending Control+Command+Option+3
Date Added Control+Command+4
Date Added Descending Control+Command+Option+4
Date Modified Control+Command+5
Date Modified Descending Control+Command+Option+5
Date Created Control+Command+8
Date Created Descending Control+Command+Option+8
File Size Control+Command+6
File Size Descending Control+Command+Option+6


Option Three: Click Column Headers in List View

Another way you can change the sort policy in File Cabinet Pro is to click the column headers in list view.

File Cabinet Pro Mac app screenshot in List view with an arrow pointing to column headers.

Clicking the same column twice will toggle between ascending and descending order. You can add or remove columns in List view by right clicking the column header and selecting columns to add or remove from the context menu.

Option Four: Use the “Arrange By” Button in the Toolbar

You can also sort files using the “Arrange By” pull down button in File Cabinet Pro’s toolbar.

File Cabinet Pro Mac app screenshot arrow pointing to arrange toolbar item.

When this button’s menu is showing, you can also hold down the Option key if you wish to sort in descending order.

If you do not see the “Arrange By” button in File Cabinet Pro’s toolbar, right click on the toolbar and choose the “Customize Toolbar” menu item. Then you can add the “Arrange By” button to the toolbar (see screenshoots below).

File Cabinet Pro Mac screenshot customize toolbar menu exposed.
File Cabinet Pro Mac app screenshot showing toolbar customization palette with arrow pointed to Arrange By button.

File Cabinet Pro Version 6.7 Updated for macOS Mojave

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File Cabinet Pro version 6.7 has been released for macOS.

What’s New?

-File Cabinet Pro now enters Dark Mode when you turn on the System wide preference in macOS Mojave.

-On macOS Mojave File Cabinet Pro’s built-in Text Editor, Image Viewer, PDF Viewer, and Media Player now support Dark Mode.

-For users on macOS High Sierra and earlier, you can still turn on Dark Mode in File Cabinet Pro’s Settings window.

File Cabinet Pro Dark Mode screenshot on macOS Mojave displaying the Applications folder.
File Cabinet Pro Dark Mode Screenshot on macOS Mojave with context menu showing.

File Cabinet Pro Version 6.6.1 for macOS Adds Features for Force Touch Trackpads

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File Cabinet Pro version 6.6.1 has been released for macOS.

What’s New?

-If you have a Force Touch Trackpad, you can now force click to edit a filename.

-If you have a Force Touch Trackpad, you can now force click on a file’s icon to bring up Quicklook.

-Fixed issue that caused buttons to sometimes disappear from the Touch Bar on MacBook Pros after switching to List view.

-Fixed a bug in Dark Mode in Icon view that caused the “Empty Folder” label to draw with a white background.

-Fixed issue where clicking a tab started a dragging session prematurely.

Adding Force Touch Features to macOS Apps with a Custom Gesture Recognizer [Open Source]

I created a simple subclass of NSGestureRecognizer, ATForceTouchGesture, to simplify the process of adding Force Touch features to macOS apps. You can use this gesture recognizer to add a feature like force clicking to start editing a label (see the screenshot below).

Image captures 'force click' to edit using ATForceTouchGesture.

There is a sample project available on Github here.

File Cabinet Pro Version 6.5 for macOS Adds “Show in File Cabinet Pro” Service

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File Cabinet Pro version 6.5 has been released for macOS.

What’s New?

-Added a “Show in File Cabinet Pro” Service. You can use this Service from other apps to reveal files in File Cabinet Pro. Watch the demo video below to see new feature in action.

File Cabinet Pro Version 6.4 Adds Spring-Loading Feature in Icon View

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File Cabinet Pro version 6.4 has been released for macOS.

What’s New?

-Icon view now supports spring-loading. Drag files over directories in icon view to use this new feature.

-Fixed bug that sometimes caused the zoom slider to remain hidden after switching to a tab in Icon view.

-Each tab now maintains its own undo and redo stack instead of sharing a single undo and redo stack for the entire window.

-Fixed issue that could sometimes cause drag and drop to silently fail when you drag a file from a readonly volume to File Cabinet Pro.

-Other minor bug fixes and improvements.