Setting default "view" in Finder



Original poster
I'm using Tiger and there are, as you all know, 3 types of views: one with icons, the other with the files/directories displaying in a "tree" type structure, and the third with several columns.

But, is there a way to set which one is used by default? I hate when a new folder is created on my Desktop and I have to change the view every time I open the Finder.


Staff member
Jan 20, 2005
In theory, Finder should remember what view you prefer, but it doesn't always work that way. If you want column view, there is an option in Finder preferences to "Always open new windows in column view," but again, sometimes Finder doesn't respect that preferences for some reason.

Also note that you can quickly switch between views from the keyboard using Command-1, 2, and 3...doesn't solve your issue, but can speed up the switching process if you get used to it.


macrumors 68030
Apr 17, 2004
A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
You should be able to click on your Desktop main Hard Drive icon opening your hard drive folder, then select your preferred view in the upper left file menu.


Click your HD icon, then open your Applications folder, then select VIEW,

At the bottom of the VIEW menu, you'll now see View Options

Now you can select the VIEW for just your Applications Folder or All Folders
and Keep Arranged By Name, Kind, Size, Date etc.