How to arrange your Applications folder by category

OS X Lion introduced a few nice updates to the OS X Finder, one of which is improved sorting. I’d like to tell you all about one example which I find rather handy.

I am often rummaging through my Applications folder to see what apps I have installed that could open a certain type of file, fortunately OS X Lion added a useful option called ‘Application Category’.

What this little gem does is intelligently sort through all your apps and place them into their corresponding categories. Unfortunately, there are apps it doesn’t know how to categorise, therefore you will end up with an ‘other’ section at the bottom.

However, all in all, this can be rather useful to sort out your apps for easier definition.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Navigate to your /Applications folder on your hard drive.
Step 2. With the Applications folder open in the Finder, select the main ‘View’ menu and select ‘Arrange By’:

sort your applications folder by category

 
Step 3) Now select, ‘Application Category’:

select application category in os x

 
Step 4) Enjoy looking through all your apps which are now sorted into useful categories!

apps sorted into categories in applications folder

 
This ‘Arrange By Application Category’ option is also available for the default Utilities folder (within the Applications folder), as well as any Applications folder created within a user’s home folder.

Disclaimer:

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This feature has been tested using OS X v10.8.3 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing and also using the latest Internal and external Apple keyboards.

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