Overlapping files in Finder oddity.

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  1. tag macrumors 6502a

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    It seems that alot of my files are overlapping each other when I download files, or when I just move files singularly or in a group into a folder. It seems as well, if they don't overlap, then they get spread out very oddly, shifting vertically displaying one icon per line. Has anyone experienced this before? It's getting pretty annoying. I attached a screenshot of one of my folders to get an idea of it.
     

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  2. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I get the same thing too, especially when inporting a group of files off a CD or downloaded zip package.

    It doesn't bother me overmuch, I simply select View/Clean Up (or Arrange) and it's all sorted out.

    I agree tho, it's a slightly annoying flaw. Not sure where it comes from - perhaps a GUI god[ess] could shed some light?

    .. RedTomato ..
     
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I've had the same symptom since I installed the last Mac OS X update.

    I thought I must have done something bad in a past life to deserve this quirk. So perhaps you did something bad in a past life too.

    Or perhaps Mac OS X has a bug. :eek:
     
  4. Nermal Moderator

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    I've seen it as far back as Jaguar (which was the first version of OS X I used).
     
  5. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    yay I'm not alone. I noticed this after the last OS X update and its really quite annoying.
     
  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I see this periodically when I move a large amount of data from one networked share to a local directory. Since I rarely view things in Icon view, it doesn't really bother me, but a "Clean Up" always fixes it.
     
  7. Lacero macrumors 604

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    This happened back in OS 8.6 and OS 9. :rolleyes:

    Perfectly normal, nothing to see here. Move along. Shoo-shoo. Go on. Stop loitering. Get going. Hurry, hurry.


    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  8. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    tag, what's that folder / folder name on the bottom of your left sidebar in your screenshot?

    It looks mighty wierd :)

    .. RedTomato ..
     
  9. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Perhaps, but it didn't happen in OS X until very recently, so some code or a setting got b0rked, apparently from an OS X update, and it would be nice to have it deb0rked.

    In the meantime, I'm using a crude workaround: In folders in which I use icons, I've set the folder View Options to "Keep arranged by Name", which is less than ideal.
     
  10. tag thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I take solace in the fact I'm not alone, I'd rather have a well known problem, than a bug no one else ever encounters. :D I just found it odd that it only started happening in the last month or so.

    I just used the Character Palette to copy and paste different odd symbols for the folder name. It makes the folders look neat, though it can cause a bit of a pain if you are trying to navigate those folders in Terminal. :p
     
  11. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I've noticed this happen with stuffit expander on occasion, it likes to make little stacks of files as it expands them. :rolleyes:
     

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