Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 7:25 AM (in response to macjack)
Thanks for the fast reply! I have NOT reset my Finder prefs. How do I do that?
Is this how or is there a better / other way?:
Trash the Finder.app preference files: /users/<username>/library/preferences/
Drag "com.apple.finder.plist" and "com.apple.sidebarlists.plist" to trash.
Log out or restart or relaunch Finder (Best to restart??)
You will lose your set Finder preferences, including the Sidebar.
Go to desktop>menubar>finder>preferences to reset after restart/logout.
Thanks for any comments or instructions. Will all my windows be back to ground zero - i.e. no color or picture backgrounds etc etc? (I don't care, I'd just like to set them ONCE and have them stay put!)
Wednesday 13 March 2013MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4 - not upgrading that!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 7:40 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Go to your Finder "Go" menu hold the option key and choose Library. Then go to Preferences folder and trash this file:
Then, restart, or log out and in again.
(You may have to reset a few finder prefs the way you like them.)
*Since your Sidebar doesn't seem to be at issue there's no need to trash it. But if you want to be completely thorough, go ahead with that one too.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 7:57 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Use a tool like BlueHarvest to scour the drive and remove the hidden .DS_Store files that are located in each directory you've accessed in the Finder: http://www.zeroonetwenty.com/blueharvest4/
These files contain all of these settings, and clearing them out so the system recreates them from scratch may help fix the issue at hand.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 8:29 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)
OK I've downloaded BlueHarvest - but you state:
Use a tool like BlueHarvest to scour the drive and remove the hidden .DS_Store files that are located in each directory you've accessed in the Finder:
Do you mean just the /users/<username>/library/preferences/ folder should be scoured by BlueHarvest or ??? every single folder on my HD or ??
Thanks for a reply---
Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2013 4:10 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Every folder on the drive starting with Macintosh HD itself for ease, or more specifically every folder you interact with in the Finder that has this problem. These DS_Store files are put in each folder that you view in the Finder, and are the storage for that folder's view preferences. As such they are essentially scattered throughout the file system, so to clean them out you will have to have the program search for and remove them from every folder. They will be recreated with current or default settings for each folder the next time you open it, so you won't lose anything by removing these files.
Hopefully they are the root of your issue and removing them clears it up.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2013 8:22 PM (in response to macjack)
This helped for a few days but it continues to revert back to the old ways…
Note that the Apple OS update 10.8.3 update did nothing to help this situation and nothing to help the missing cursor in Mail problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 20, 2013 4:15 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)
Well the only folder that continues to lose its settings after 3 days now is the APPLICATIONS folder which, even after removing the old .DS_Store file twice, still loses the yellow background color. Let me see what happens and also whether my main HD or other folders remain stable or not!
Ooops-- spoke too soon, my "Movies" folder (not in the documents folder by my own) just lost color as well but other settings remained. More testing and reporting-back later.
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2013 3:10 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)
UPDATE on Thursday 28 March 2013:
Apple has gotten back to me on this issue--- via my Bug report. I've given them more info.
They are asking whether I am using "Dropbox or other finder injection applications" (I am, both Dropbox and SugarSync) - well I'm not really sure what a finder injection application is!
They also included this, but I don't know what to do with this:
Please take a quicktime screencapture of the issue.
Also, ls -le@ <path to folder>/.DS_Store
The issue is not something where a "screenshot" (still or video) can be taken. It may not occur for 2 hours or occure every 2 minutes…
WHAT AM I SUPPOSED to do with this?: ls -le@ <path to folder>/.DS_Store
Is that a terminal command I should type in or???
Thanks for any comments.
Thursday 28 March 2013