Four small symbols in lower left of Finder

Discussion in 'macOS' started by c073186, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    I'm sure this has been discussed before but... what are those four little symbols in the lower left of a Finder window? Clicking on them doesn't seem to do anything.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    What 4 little symbols? Can you post a screenshot?
  3. mrchinchilla macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2009
    They signify if the current folder has any additional attributes to it, such as 'Align to Grid' or 'Arrange by Name' etc.
  4. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    I think they're just to remind you you're using icon view. It'll change to something else if you change it or change the arrangement etc.
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    They show that you are in Icon view if you change to list, column or coverflow view those squares disappear.

    Don't really see the point as it is usually pretty obvious if you are in icon view.
  6. Ropie macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
    Not quite. They show that 'Arrange by something' has been selected in View Options. If you select 'Arrange by Snap to Grid' you get a little picture of a grid in their place. If you select 'Arrange by None' you get no symbol.
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Perception is a marvelous deception, depending on my reception, with certain exceptions. "Four small symbols"? I see two possible symbols, but only one at a time: a grid, or four parallelograms arranged in a square pattern. :D

    Interestingly, the symbol does not change using control-click or right click when I've set the window to None or Snap to Grid using Show View Options. StoG and None are only available in SVO, not in the contextual menu. And the same "four small symbols" apply to everything except StoG or None. Yeah, not a very useful feature.

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