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DW 2019 (macOS): Wrong order of folders and files in window "files"

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Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

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I use macOS Mojave.

The order of files and folders in the system file manager is: folders first, files second

Example

/a

/b

a.html

b.html

DW 2019 mix them up.

/a

a.html

/b

b.html

Is there any way to change it?

Another strange behaviour is the sorting of folder/file names with numbers.

The system use the good one:
1

2

...

10

11

DW uses the bad sorting:

1

10

11

...

2

Is there a way to change it?

Thanks

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Community Expert , Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

If you right click in the Files panel, just above your actual files list to add in the Type column (among others) to allow sorting by different criteria. Once added, clicking the Type column header will organize your files alphabetically by type (folders on top or bottom).

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Dec 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018

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The bad sorting as you call it is how computers handle integers.

Use leading zeros.

001

002

010

020

100

200

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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@Nancy

Of course I know how to use leading zeros. I don't like it.

Generally I prefer it, when a software does, what a human beeing has choosen. And not vice versa.

In my humble opinion it is a bug, that DW does not sort not in the same manner like the OS does.

What do you think?

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mistershortcut  wrote

In my humble opinion it is a bug, that DW does not sort not in the same manner like the OS does.

What do you think?

I don't regard this as a bug because that's how my server sorts records.  DW is a web authoring app so I expect the same logic.    If it really bothers you, switch to your operating system's file manager.

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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Dec 14, 2018 Dec 14, 2018

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Thanks for your opinion, Nancy.

I disagree in this point with you.

DW is just another GUI file manager among others.

Every other GUI file manager/ or file open/save dialogue on macOS I saw until now uses the OS standard of sorting. DW should, in my humble opinion, should just do the same. Or offer two ways of sorting.

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mistershortcut  wrote


I disagree in this point with you.

DW is just another GUI file manager among others.

Filezilla FTP client sorts records the same way Dreamweaver does.   Consistency is important when working with files on local and remote servers.   IMO, a  web app that used a different sorting order from the server's would be very disruptive.  If you want a file manager, use Adobe Bridge.

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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Dec 15, 2018 Dec 15, 2018

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I agree, that a file manager which shows the local directory and the one on a server next to each other should show the same order of files and folders. Sure.

Then there's no risk, that anything is disruptive.

My FTP client, which is integrated in my two window file manager Forklift, behaves exactly like that.

He shows the same order. The order which is used in the OS.

So I still disagree, Nancy.

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If you right click in the Files panel, just above your actual files list to add in the Type column (among others) to allow sorting by different criteria. Once added, clicking the Type column header will organize your files alphabetically by type (folders on top or bottom).

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@Jon

Thanks for the idea.

But of course that methods sorts different file types as separate groups.

That is not my wish.

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Sep 10, 2020 Sep 10, 2020

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Thank you Jon_Fritz_II, this solved it for me and makes my MacBook DW display files the same way as my windows style - folders top, route files below (same as windows DW)!

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