Currently Being ModeratedAug 5, 2011 10:15 AM (in response to scothFLY)
I don't see how any of this solves the OP's issue, which is my issue as well - there is no way to "Use as Default" and set globally for every folder --- so WTH does "Use as Default" even mean ??? Rediculous bug or lack of feature, very irritating.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2011 2:15 AM (in response to scothFLY)
Anyone figure out how to have "show all" be the default in icon view when "arrange by" is in use? The lack of this option is extraordinarily annoying. Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 22, 2011 7:48 AM (in response to odinize)
Still no, I havn't made any progress on my issue.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 25, 2011 5:56 PM (in response to scothFLY)
Doesn't work for me either. I needed Lion to sort by type, and then alphabetically, so that I could have my folders first, alphabetically, then pictures alphabetically, then documents etc etc..
When I set as default it still only works for that particular folder - not even subfolders.
Pretty annoying :/
It's nothing but a bug, but I really hope Apple will fix this at some point.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 7:45 AM (in response to simor)
I'm thinking about using Automator to do these steps, while waiting for a bug fix ... Not sure if it will do all the steps ...
Currently Being ModeratedSep 16, 2011 10:53 AM (in response to scothFLY)
So is there any way to tell if Apple has acknowledged this thread? I am really hoping this issue is solved in the next update. My view options seem to be getting reset more and more frequently, including my desktop - which drives me nuts.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 13, 2011 8:17 AM (in response to scothFLY)
Since updating to 10.7.2, I think this issue has been resolved. At least it has yet to happen since updating. All my folders that I manually set to have the view options I want, have not been reset since updating. If the issue comes back, I will reply to this thread, otherwise, I am going to consider an update to 10.7.2 as the correct answer.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to scothFLY)
I have updated to 10.7.2, and it is still broken. I want to have list view arranged by kind and sorted by name -- Use as Defaults is grayed out. If I add a column, Defaults becomes available. So I added one, set as Default, then deleted it, and re-selected Default.
Which didn't do a darn thing. Button should be retitled: "Use as Defaults, sucker"
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 11:56 AM (in response to Jeff Guinn)
"Use as Defaults" definitely does not seem to do anything - as far as I can tell - for anybody. You would expect its behaviour to be that when you set View Options on any folder, and select "Use as Defaults", those exact View Options would then be applied to every single folder on your mac. Not the case. I'm not even sure if this is how it is supposed to work. Maybe apple only intended for "Use as Defaults" to be applied to all subfolders of the folder you set the view options for, but even still, that doesn't even work.
Either way, the reason I started this Discussion was because, prior to 10.7.2, folder View Options would continuously get reset. After updating, that issue has been fixed, and I am happy. Yes I would love to have "Use as Defaults" work the way I expect it to, but as long as I can set view options individually and have them remembered each time I start up my computer, I am satisfied.
One observation I should make however is, when I first configured my View Options to be the way I wanted them to be, I was able to click "Use as Defaults", and I did. When I go into a new folder that does not have my preferred View Options set, and I configure them exactly, the "Use as Defaults" will change from being clickable to greyed-out, telling me that I have successfully configured the view options to reflect that of what I had set for the initial folder. So, my understanding is, "Use as Defaults" will become unclickable when your settings have been configured to be whatever it was when you first (or the last time you would have) clicked "Use as Defaults".
Hope that made sense. As of right now I don't think "Use as Defaults" works as people expect it to, but my original question has been resolved with the 10.7.2 update.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 2:04 PM (in response to scothFLY)
Excellent response -- thanks.
I did just play around with View Options a bit. I opened two finder windows and switched between them, adjusting the View Options on the second until it matched the first.
And the Use as Defaults button didn't gray out. (That is assuming I did the test carefully enough for it to be valid.)
Anyway, you made complete sense. Which is clearly not the Default option for the Defaults option.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2012 3:54 PM (in response to scothFLY)
Fellow OS X users; I've found a partial solution!
After you've slected View Options for a folder, revised the settings to your preference, and selected "Use as Defaults":
- Navigate to any other folder that isn't using those settings yet and select "View" -> "Show View Options" (command J).
- Hold down the "alt/option" key and you'll see the "Use as Defaults" button change to "Restore to Defaults" which you should select.
I consider this a partial solution because this doesn't allow me to apply it to all folders still. If anyone does discover how to accomplish that please update this thread!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2012 6:16 PM (in response to c9ky6qk3)
Thanks a lot, c9ky6qk3!
You just saved me some serious headache.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2012 4:31 AM (in response to c9ky6qk3)
Hm... Strangely enough, I don't have a "Use as defaults" button in my view options...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2013 3:44 AM (in response to scothFLY)
I am running mac osx 10.8.3 (new machine)
I had the same problem today, with the "Use as defaults" button being grayed out when trying to change the finder default view option to list view (for all folders)
I manged to fix it and enabled the button by setting "Calculate all sizes" to on
Hope this will help
Currently Being ModeratedMar 4, 2014 5:07 PM (in response to scothFLY)
The "Use As Defaults" feature only applys to new folders created after the option was selected