If you’re like me, you have lots and lots of folders on your Mac. However, they can be hard to find. I make my life easier by putting them in alphabetical order in List view in the Finder. Here’s how I do it:
Open a Finder window and choose List view (which I prefer over Icons view and Columns view.
Select the menu item View > Arrange By > Name.
Click the Name field at the top of the list view. An upward-pointing arrow following Name indicates alphabetical sorting with numbers first, then A to Z.
Click again to swap to downwards, and it’s sorted Z to A, then in reverse numeric order.
By the way, don’t confuse the Finder and the Desktop. The Finder is the default file manager and graphical user interface. It uses a view of the file system that uses a desktop metaphor. The Desktop is the area behind the windows and the Dock; it isn’t a window, yet it acts like one.