How to display icons in finder in newest to oldest order in a grid


Is there a way to make the finder show icons in newest to oldest order in a grid?

As it is when I pick "View->As Icons" and then "View->Arrange By->Date Modified" the finder displays them in long rows. The first row is "yesterday", the second row is items in the previous 7 days, then a row for 30 days, then a row for the previous year. There's 286 files in that row. Navigating by scrolling across the row is nearly useless. There's a "Show All" but that' also useless as it shows all the files a year old but in alphabetical order so for example if I want to find files from November last year I'm S.O.L.

Is there way to just display them in one long grid in newest to oldest order?

Best Answer

Another way to do it: (Mavericks 10.8 if it makes a difference):

Use Command-J or right-click (Control-Click on my fairly stock system) or select "View Options" from the gear icon pulldown menu on the window to pull up the options dialog. Select Arrange by None and Sort by Date Modified (or one of the other 3 date options).

finder arrange by none sort by date

Credit to @grgarside who answered my very similar question a few minutes ago: Disable cover flow in 10.8 Mavericks