I am very new to the Mac world. I bought my second Mac last month (first one in 1996, returned it for a Compaq) Lately, I have realized that things change in Finder. For instance, I'll open my "Applications" folder and it will be in Detail mode. The next time I'll open the folder, there will be icons instead of the Detail/List view. This happens quite frequently, and it annoys the living crap out of me. Am I completely missing something here? How do I get my preferences to stay permanently? One more thing. In Safari, I'll have my Status Bars turned off. After a couple Safari windows are opened, the Status Bar reappears for the new window. What's up with that?