Why don't my folder view options stick?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by jennyp, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. jennyp macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    I've lost track of the number of times I've gone to a folder (say, my home folder), selected the View Options (View > Show View Options), then carefully set the "sort by", the "icon size", the setting for "show item info", the background texture, etc. -- only to come back to it later (after what critical operation or change I don't know) and find that all the settings have been changed, back to some dopey unsorted view - not what I set them as!

    This has been a problem in past versions of the OS and it continues in Yosemite.

    It's SO annoying! :mad:

    Somewhere I got the impression that a folder's "View Options" settings are stored in an invisible file in the folder called .DS_Store ? If I have that right, is my problem that the .DS_Store file keeps on changing, or being corrupted somehow? If so, why? Would it be OK to set up a folder as I want it and then lock its .DS_Store file ?

    I'd love some help with this. It sounds a bit trivial, but really it's so annoying having to go back time and again and configure the settings.
  2. trifid macrumors 65816


    May 10, 2011
    My gosh, I can't believe Finder Amnesia is live and well in Yosemite, I've also been fighting this for 10+ years, it's just ridiculous. Wow.

  3. jennyp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    So we don't ask questions about how it might be fixed and just put up with it, right ?
  4. trifid macrumors 65816


    May 10, 2011
    Sorry, I hadn't seen your reply. I currently have Yosemite in my Macbook but my main mac is still Mavericks so I haven't used it enough to confirm how bad the Finder amnesia is.

    I'm sure you already do this but I'll mention it anyway just in case: make sure you check in view settings for each folder you want settings to 'stick' "Always open in icon view" and "Browse in icon view" for example if you want icon view, or likewise for list view.

    So far Yosemite seems to respect icon positions, snap to grid, background and window sizes for me, but again I haven't used it that much, and my installation is a fresh install, no backup transfers.
  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    It has never worked correctly for me in the past, but it seems to be working perfectly in Yosemite (For Me).

    You do have to remember that it needs to be set for each folder, unless you use the common starting point when launching finder.

    I have my finder set to open in my download directory by default, and it holds perfectly. However, if I use an application that brings up a finder window, the setting won't be my custom setting, and that's the way it's supposed to work.

    If I wan't to change the way the application brings up finder, I'll have to make adjustments when the application opens it. Sometimes, you aren't allowed to change the application's default view.
  6. jennyp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    Yes, I do this, but the settings are constantly forgotten a random times by the Finder, and not just when the folder is opened by some other app or process.
  7. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    I think Finder will always be "stupid" until they replace the file system in OSX. I end up using 3rd party utilities to remember window positions etc.
  8. jennyp, Nov 7, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2014

    jennyp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    What software do you use (in particular for folders remembering their view options, backgrounds, etc) ?

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