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Finder daily forgets my folder options, "sort/arrange by"

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Aug 29, 2012 8:49 AM

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, Finder now daily forgets my folder options. I have my download folders (among others) set to sort by when a file was added, so newly added files are on top. But daily, it reverts back to "name", so it's sorted alphabetically. I would then cmd+J to set my sorting options again. Then later that day, or few days later, it's back to alphabetically "name" again.

 

I tried to use OnyX to nuke all the .ds_store files on my system, but no change.

 

Fix ideas?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,735 points)

    Set the view options for a folder as desired, close it, and reopen it. Is the view the same?

     

    Now relaunch the Finder by selecting Apple menu > Force Quit... > Finder. Has the folder view changed?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,735 points)

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  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,735 points)

    You've installed many system modifications, most of which I know little or nothing about. I can't identify any one in particular as likely to be related to your problem. Yet some background process seems to be resetting your folder views, apparently once a day. Have you created a folder action that might do it? If you don't know, I suggest you check the folder views last thing at night before going to bed, then boot in safe mode (shift key down at startup) and leave the machine running that way overnight. Check in the morning to see whether the views have been reset.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,735 points)

    Sounds like a bug.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,735 points)

    Most people aren't doing what you do. You can report the problem here:

     

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