Problem with Finder - continued

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chomper, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. chomper macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I've recently bought a Mac to decide for myself whether they are really as good as the advertisements claim. Yesterday, I ran into an extremely annoying problem with Finder that I can't solve even with the help of internet discussion forums dealing with Macs. The problem is as follows:

    1) I want all folders on my Mac to use the same view settings.

    2) I change the view settings of the currently opened folder, then choose Show View Options and click the Use as Defaults button.

    3) Now, when I open a different folder in Finder two things can happen:

    a) If I have never visited/opened the folder before, it has the settings I set in step 2)
    b) If I have visited/opened the folder before, it keeps its former settings effectively bypassing the new ones I set in step 2)

    So, how do I set all folders on my Mac to use the same view settings in Finder?

    Thanks a lot for any suggestions you might have
     
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure it is in fact just Finder windows you have visited before? The reason I ask is because generally what you did sets it for the partition. If you have multiple partitions/drives you need to set the defaults in a Finder window of each partition/drive.
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You really don't need two threads for one issue.
     
  4. chomper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I have only one partition on my hard disk.
     
  5. chomper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've just come to the conclusion that it can't be done in Finder. Funny, because Windows Explorer needs only four clicks to accomplish the above mentioned task in MS Windows.

    The only solution I can think of is to delete all the hidden .DS_Store files using Terminal.
     
  6. chomper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And it worked! I followed these steps:

    1) Closed all Finder Windows

    2) Ran Terminal and entered the command:

    sudo find / -name ".DS_Store" -depth -exec rm {} \;

    3) Logged out

    4) Logged in
     
  7. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Did this work? What exactly does this do?

    I've been looking for a way to do the same thing for a long time.
     
  8. chomper thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The command erases all your view settings for all folders. After you log out and log in, you can run Finder and choose/set your new view settings. All the folders you open in Finder from that point on will have the new settings. Hope it helps!
     

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