Edited by Joe AimonettiA MacFixIt reader writes in to alert us to a Finder bug that does not allow column sorting in the search window. After testing this on my machine, I can confirm that it seems to be a bug.
MacFixIt reader "Paul K." reports a bug in Finder when a new search window is opened using the (Command F) keyboard shortcut:
"With no other windows or applications open, I search for a file using command-F. Then I try to sort the result list by clicking on one of the headings. Clicking once on a heading is unresponsive."I tested this action on my black MacBook running 10.5.8 in a couple different ways. First, I opened a Finder window and used the keyboard shortcut (Command F) to begin a search. I typed in a search term that was sure to get results on my machine. I clicked on the column headings and the search was sorted according to that value--no bug.
I then closed the Finder window and clicked on the Desktop activating Finder. I used the (Command F) keyboard shortcut, bringing up a new Finder window with the search functions enabled. I typed in the same search term as I had previously. This time, however, I was not able to click on column headings to sort my search. I was able to double-click the headings, however it would only sort that column in one way (and would not change when continuously attempting to click).
"Double-clicking on a heading flips the sort arrow up and back in an instant. If I keep the search results window open, open another window, then return to my search results, sorting works as expected"I found the same workaround to be true on my machine. If you open a new search window in Finder and are not able to sort the columns of the search results, simply switch to a different window (it can be any program), and switch back.
You can also double-click and hold the second click to get the sort arrow to freeze on the type (ascending or descending) you wish to sort by.
Another workaround using keyboard strokes: Press (Command N) for a new Finder window, then (Command F) to start a search window. This will have normal column sort functionality.
Try this out and let us know if you are experiencing the same issue on your machine.