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.

Quick Tutorial: How to Open a Folder Alias Directly in File Cabinet Pro

Note: Following this tutorial is only necessary if you purchased the Mac App Store version of File Cabinet Pro. If you purchased File Cabinet Pro from, opening a folder alias will automatically work.

If you purchased File Cabinet Pro from the Mac App Store, you may have noticed that you cannot open a folder alias directly within the app. If you double click an alias folder in File Cabinet Pro, it will say “Empty Folder” in the window even if the directory is not empty. It would be reasonable to assume that this is a bug in File Cabinet Pro; it is not.

So why does this happen?
This happens because Apple requires all apps sold on the Mac App Store to be sandboxed. The sandbox, as of macOS 10.12.1, prevents an application from accessing the contents of a folder alias; this behavior may or may not be a bug in macOS (that is for Apple to decide).

If you want to workaround this restriction, follow the steps below:
1) Launch File Cabinet Pro and bring up the app’s main window.
2) Open a document using one of File Cabinet Pro’s built-in document editors so the application’s menubar shows up.
3) In File Cabinet Pro’s menubar, click on the “Help” menu and then select the “Grant Permission for Alias Folders” menu item to bring up an open panel.
4) In the open panel select a directory to grant File Cabinet Pro permission to access the contents of that directory. After you select a directory, File Cabinet Pro will be able to open a folder alias if the original folder the alias points to resides within the directory you chose in the open panel. If you want to grant the app permission to open folder aliases for folders anywhere on your Mac, choose your hard disk (typically named “Macintosh HD”) in the open panel.

File Cabinet Pro open document to show the app's menubar.
Open a document to show File Cabinet Pro’s menubar and select “Grant Permission for Alias Folders.”

You only have to do the above steps once.

Mac Tutorial: How To Enable an App Extension

Starting with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Mac applications can include embedded app extensions. App extensions add custom functionality to your Mac. How you can use an app extension depends on what kind of extension it is.

At the time of this writing, there are four different kinds of app extensions available on the Mac:

Action: Action extensions can manipulate content in another supporting app. Action extensions often work in text editing applications like Text Edit.

Finder: Finder extensions add functionality to the Finder.

Share Menu: Share extensions allow you to share content with other

Today: These are widgets that can be added to the Today view in the Notification Center.

While there are several different kinds of app extensions available, every app extensions requires the user to enable them in System Preferences before they can be used. If you recently purchased an app and cannot figure out why you are unable to use a feature advertised in the app description, there is a chance that the feature you are looking for requires you to enable an app extension.

How to Enable an App Extension

To enable an app extension, open the System Preferences app on your Mac. In the System Preferences window, click on “Extensions.”

Screenshot of System Preferences on OS X El Capitan annotated instructions 'Go to extensions pane.'

Once you are in the “Extensions” section of System Preferences, you will see a list of all the app extensions you have on your Mac. To enable or disable an app extension, simply check or uncheck the box next to each extension in the list. That’s all there is to it.

App extensions pane in System Preferences on Mac.

Quick Tutorial: How to Generate Icons as PNG Images with iSize Icons Pro

iSize Icons Pro Mac app icon.


With iSize Icons Pro for Mac, you can generate properly sized icon images for your iOS and OS X apps. iSize Icons Pro can generate standalone PNG images, an Asset Catalog for Xcode, or an .ICNS file from a single 1024×1024 large icon image. In this brief tutorial, we will generate standalone PNG images.

Generating Icons as PNG Images

To generate your properly sized app icons as png images, simply drag and drop your large 1024×1024 app icon image onto the window. Once your large icon image is dragged onto the window, simply check the boxes for the devices you wish to create icons for (for example: iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac). Then select “PNG Images” under the “Generate As” pop up button for your selected platforms.

iSize Icons Pro Mac app window.

Once you are ready to generate your icons, all you have to do is click the “Generate Icons” buttons to bring up a sheet which will allow you to choose a location on your Mac to save. Type in a name and hit save. iSize Icons Pro will create a directory using the name you have typed in the save panel. If you open the directory, you should see the folders for each device you choose to export for.

iSize Icons Pro generated icons.

If you open the folders, inside are all your properly sized app icon images. That’s all there is to it.

Quick Tutorial: How to Set a Global Hotkey for Opening/Closing File Cabinet Pro!

In this quick demo video, I show you how you can now set up a Global Hotkey to open and close the File Cabinet Pro window.

Global Hotkey support was introduced in version 2.0. You can now open/close the File Cabinet Pro window without having to bring your mouse all the way up to the menubar! If you already bought File Cabinet Pro, you can update now for free. If you haven’t purchased File Cabinet Pro, you can buy a copy here.

Quick Tutorial: How to Leave Yourself a Note in iCloud from the Menubar with File Cabinet Pro

File Cabinet Pro for macOS has many useful features. File Cabinet Pro comes with a built-in text editor, which is a feature that is really handy but also easy to overlook. In this quick demo video, I show you how you can use File Cabinet Pro’s built-in text editor to leave yourself a note in iCloud Drive.