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Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to Sort your Finder's Display of Apps by Date Last Opened

I’ve read the advice in several articles that to improve your Mac’s performance, cut back on the number of installed apps. 


So, how do you tell which apps you use frequently and which apps you haven’t touched in years? Can your Mac tell you?


Go to the Finder and open a window showing your apps. By default, the Finder shows them in alphabetical order.


Default display of Apps in alphabetical order


To show them in order of apps last used, do the following:


  1. Change the Arrange by criteria from Name to Date Last Opened.
JPEG Default setting for sorting apps display
Here are the criteria you can pick from:
Choices for sorting apps

  1. Change the Sort by criteria from Name to Date last Opened.
JPEG Apps display by Date Last opened
  1. Add another item column (Date Last Opened) by checking the box next to Date Last Opened. 


Annotate control J settings

Now your Finder window displays the Apps sorted by time and date last opened.

JPEG Apps displayed by Date Last opened


Now it’s up to you to decide which ones you keep and which ones you archive.


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