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For example, I would like to have folders in column view, and to have Folder 1 always to show files sorted by kind, and Folder 2 always to show files sorted by date created. I'm running Leopard, with upgrade to Snow Leopard available but not installed.

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FWIW, if you're using list view it works just as you'd like in Mac OS X 10.6 –  Chealion Oct 25 '09 at 16:59
    
Interesting. I typically use column view though--does that also preserve the individual settings across different folders? –  Philip Oct 26 '09 at 12:07
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Column View is an all or nothing proposition. All of the visible folders in your browser are sorted using the same arrangement. However opening a new window with a different folder will read that folder's defaults. –  Chealion Oct 28 '09 at 4:54
    
Could you please repost that comment as an answer so I can accept it? Thanks. –  Philip Feb 14 '10 at 4:03
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You can set view options for individual folders by (when Finder is active) either pressing cmd+J or "View>>Show View Options..." to open Finder's "View Options" Dialog. In this dialog you can change properties like e.g. the sort policy, icon size, or grid spacing.

If your goal is to apply the settings for each folder on an individual basis you should avoid pressing the "Use as Defaults" button, though.

The settings are applied immediately and (after committing the dialog) every time you open that folder in the Finder again.

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Thanks, but that doesn't let individual folders preserve different preferences. If I am in Folder 1 and tell it to sort by kind, and then I go to folder 2 and set it to sort by date created, then when I go back into Folder 1, it's still sorted by date created. –  Philip Oct 26 '09 at 12:06
    
Maybe I misunderstood your question but on my computer this works as described. –  Uwe Honekamp Oct 26 '09 at 19:11
    
Mine will also do this in list view, but not in column view. I should have been more specific. –  Philip Oct 28 '09 at 2:22
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Column View is an all or nothing proposition. All of the visible folders in your browser are sorted using the same arrangement. However opening a new window with a different folder will read that folder's defaults. – Chealion Oct 28 '09 at 4:54

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