Another Newbie

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by robfuscate, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. robfuscate macrumors newbie

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    i'm just returning to Macs after some years with PCs. It isn't by choice, just employment change, certainly there are some very nice things in OSX, :) I just have too many useful programs that have no equivalents in Mac to want to change now. :(

    My questions

    1/. How can I set View As Columns as the default opening view for folders when I open them?

    2/. Can I set the columns to 'auto-size' to fit contents, instead of dragging?
     
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus

    devilot

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    I can only answer this one.

    While in Finder> Finder Preferences> check 'Open new windows in column view
     

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  3. robfuscate thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ooops

    Oh, perhaps I should have said that I had this box ticked and it doesn't seem to work... is there some other way?

    R
     
  4. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

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    Alas, no. The checkbox is the only approach, but even so OS X is kind of flaky with enforcing this preference.
     
  5. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Finder certainly isn't on the top of my list of what's right about OS X. ;)

    It doesn't annoy me enough to try them out myself, but have you considered trying alternatives, such as Path Finder? http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16678

    B
     
  6. robfuscate thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately I am only a basic user, cannot add/change anything :mad:

    there are a number of programs out there which would certainly enhance my Macxperience, that i simply can't use.

    Anyone any suggestions/advice about this?

    R
     
  7. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    really? not at all? i thought even in "limited" accounts you could still install applications, just you have to install them into your own home folder (after making a folder called applications) rather than into the system apps folder.
    They can lock the dock too (which is a pain) but i don't think that stops you running apps from your folders directly.
    No?
    Or do you mean not allowed by THE MAN? (been there :( ) If your setup is that oppressive, someone's responsible for making it that way - grumble to them about what you want to do. They lock you out of helping yourself, they should be helping you out.

    or you could get hold of a system cd and reset the admin password ;) (don't get fired tho)
     
  8. stridey macrumors 65816

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    Try openning a new Finder window, changing to column view, and immediately closing it again.
     

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