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Eneco

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Hey folks,

after installing Mojave I wanted to reset the the default Finder window size and layout and ran the following command:

sudo find / -name .DS_Store -delete; killall Finder

After that I set up a Finder window to my liking, made it default in the view options and restarted. Ever since then my Finder window keeps resizing to the small default size it comes in. Even if I resize it right away, close it and reopen it again, it is resized.

What I did so far:
- delete the Finder preferences
- open new Finder window, resize it, close it and relaunch Finder

I just can't get Finder to keep a certain window size. No matter what I do, every new Finder window gets resized to this small window.
 

auxbuss

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Yeah, I have the same problem. It's maddening. Finder also doesn't honour the Assign to Desktop setting properly.

On the up side, at least the Desktop shortcut doesn't keep reappearing in Favourites any longer. On the downside, Network can no longer be removed even though there's an option to remove it.

How the Apple devs mess up these kinds of thing is beyond me. It's not like Finder is a new, immature app!
 

Ulenspiegel

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Hello Eneco,

I guess its a reoccuring problem in some OS versions.
I don't use Mojave, but had the same problem and this little app (FinderMinder) helped to solve the issue. Worth trying out, though I don't know whether it'll run under Mojave.

Good luck.
 

Eneco

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I see so I'm not the only one. Let's just hope Apple fixes this with the upcoming Mojave updates as I don't wanna use 3rd party apps for such a basic thing like file browsing.
 

Ulenspiegel

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This problem has not been fixed since OS X Mavericks.
When I first encountered this issue I contacted Apple. Talked to them etc. Nothing.
So, the only solution to this annoying problem is the small 3rd party app I linked.
 

Eneco

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Well, I don't think it's such an universal issue as I never had any problems with Finder from Mountain Lion to High Sierra. There must be another way than 3rd party apps.
 

auxbuss

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Thanks for the pointer to FinderMinder. That's a decent workaround for now.

As a heads up, FinderMinder asks for 'Finder' and 'System Event' Automation privileges (in mojave). The need for Finder privs is obvious. System Events' privs is, I believe, for folder events (e.g. desktop folder finders). I denied these, because I don't use them.

The second monitor handling works, but in an interesting way. Because Apple have screwed up Finder's second monitor handling, the Finder window first appears in its buggy place, then leaps to the correct place. At the end of the day, it works, although it shouldn't have to be this hard.
 
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Ulenspiegel

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Thanks for the pointer to FinderMinder. That's a decent workaround for now.

As a heads up, FinderMinder asks for 'Finder' and 'System Event' Automation privileges (in mojave). The need for Finder privs is obvious. System Events' privs is, I believe, for folder events (e.g. desktop folder finders). I denied these, because I don't use them.

The second monitor handling works, but in an interesting way. Because Apple have screwed up Finder's second monitor handling, the Finder window first appears in its buggy place, then leaps to the correct place. At the end of the day, it works, although it shouldn't have to be this hard.
Thank you for sharing your experience.
 
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