Column View Not Being Retained

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Moof1904, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    My Ti laptop is driving me crazy. I've got the Finder prefs set to open all windows in column view and yet, every fourth or fifth time I double click on the drive icon on the desktop, the window opens up in icon view. I switch it back to column view and it's fine for a while and then, poof!, it's back in icon view when I double-click the drive icon again.

    I use Macaroni to regularly repair permissions and I've experienced no other strangeness, just this.

    Any idea what's going on? :confused:
  2. deebster macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2004
    Olde Englande
    I agree, it's very annoying, and seems to be one of the Finder's long-standing bugs. I use column view exclusively and still get annoyed when new windows open in another view, such as when viewing an app's package contents.

    You might want to try opening a new Finder window and setting it how you like, then closing it and opening another. This has sometimes worked for me in the past.

    One way I found to not so much get around the problem but get new windows opening how I like is by using scripts. Here's one I amended from an article originally on way back in 2001. It opens two finder windows, one above thew other in column view, and is designed for a 1024 x 768 resolution screen. It's pretty easy to follow so you should be able to tinker with it to get it exactly how you want it (and remember to change the 'set target...' lines to reflect your user account and what you want the Finder to display).

    tell application "Finder"

    close every window

    -- Bottom Window
    set this_window to make new Finder window
    -- display external firwire hard disk if mounted
    if disk "X Files" exists then
    set target of this_window to "X Files:Archive"
    set target of this_window to "HD:Applications"
    end if
    set bounds of this_window to {86, 364, 818, 762}
    set current view of this_window to column view

    -- Top Window
    set this_window to make new Finder window
    set target of this_window to "HD:Users:db"
    set bounds of this_window to {86, 97, 818, 279}
    set current view of this_window to column view

    end tell
  3. Moof1904 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004

    This script is neat. I'll play with it. Thanks!
  4. Jason_Bryan macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2003
    Sheffield, UK
    I agree it is a pain in the ass. I hated Column View when I first used it, but now I hate it when Finder decides to open a folder in any other view anything else. I have had the experience less since I updated to 10.3.8.
  5. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    If your pref is set to column view but it opens in icon view (which is a bug), don't use the buttons in the finder window itself to switch views (they will switch views but they don't make the view stick). Use the View menu item As Columns (Cmd 3).

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