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Apr 9, 2013 5:20 AM

I'm sorry if this question has been answered before - perhaps someone could point me at the previous answer(s) .... anyway, when I use finder I often experience the situation where the folders are overlapping each other, rather than the way I left (and prefer) them to look.

 

'Finder', then 'view', then 'arrange by kind', then 'arrange by name' sorts the problem out procedurally - however, is there a permanent fix (or setting that needs to be (re)set) that would avoid this procedure ?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 7:52 AM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    Do you have this problem with all folders, or only some?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 10:24 AM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    So you open the folder in the icon view and arrange the icons, then you close the folder. When you reopen it, the icon arrangement has reverted to what it was before. Is that it?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 12:13 PM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    And is "Arrange by Kind" still selected?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    Select Snap to Grid from the Sort by menu.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    Problems such as yours are sometimes caused by files that should belong to you but are locked or have wrong permissions. This procedure will check for such files. It makes no changes and therefore will not, in itself, solve your problem.

    First, empty the Trash.

    Triple-click the line below to select it, then copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C):

    find ~ $TMPDIR.. \( -flags +sappnd,schg,uappnd,uchg -o ! -user $UID -o ! -perm -600 -o -acl \) 2> /dev/null | wc -l

    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.

    Paste into the Terminal window (command-V). The command may take a noticeable amount of time to run. Wait for a new line ending in a dollar sign (“$”) to appear.

    The output of this command, on a line directly below what you entered, will be a number such as "41." Please post it in a reply.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 13, 2013 7:00 AM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    The Finder view settings for a particular folder are reverting when you reboot, if I understand correctly. Does that happen with all folders, or only one? If only one, which?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,510 points)
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    Apr 20, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to aafromwokingham)

    This is a little too vague. Choose one particular folder; let's say, the Documents folder. Set the view options the way you want them. Log out and log back in. Have the options changed?

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