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Finder View Options confusion

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parish_chap Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Nov 26, 2009 1:24 PM
I'm getting seriously frustrated with Finder, especially Icon View. In another thread here I found a tip to delete Finder's plist file, Cmd-Opt-click the Finder icon in the Dock and select Relaunch to reset Finder to its "out-of-the-box" state to get rid of any dross that had collected.

OK, so I still can't figure out how View Options are supposed to work, well the "Always open in <type> view" checkbox and the "Use as defaults" button.

Logically, to me at least, "Always open in <type> view" means that any folders with that checked should always display in that view, but they don't...

I set a folder IMAGES to always open in icon view. I navigate to another folder, switch to column view (the view I use the most), then navigate back to IMAGES - and it stays in column view. I select the IMAGES folder and Cmd-J, the View Options dialogue opens displaying the options for Column View, but the checkbox at the top says "Always open in icon view" and is checked?????

When I set the Icon View options for the IMAGES folder I then clicked "Use as defaults". To me that means that any folder I open in Icon View will use those settings (unless I've edited the settings for that folder) - but, again, that is not what happens; the settings seem random.

Is my understanding of how these are supposed to work correct? If so, why aren't they working? If not, how are they supposed to work?

One more thing about Finder; should you be able to Shift-click in Icon View to select multiple files? It doesn't work in my Finder.

Any help would be greatly appreciated before I pull out what little hair I have left!!
MacBook Pro 2.4GHz, 4GB, 160GB. iPod Touch 2G 8GB, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Peter Miller Level 4 Level 4 (1,955 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 4:56 PM (in response to parish_chap)
    Greetings!

    OK, so I still can't figure out how View Options are supposed to work, well the "Always open in <type> view" checkbox and the "Use as defaults" button.


    This means that any new Finder windows opened launch in that particular view (Icon view, List view, Column view)

    I set a folder IMAGES to always open in icon view. I navigate to another folder, switch to column view (the view I use the most), then navigate back to IMAGES - and it stays in column view. I select the IMAGES folder and Cmd-J, the View Options dialogue opens displaying the options for Column View, but the checkbox at the top says "Always open in icon view" and is checked?????


    If you're navigating back to your "IMAGES" folder from a folder in Column view, then from memory the view preset of the last folder visited hold (so navigating from a folder in Column view to a folder in Icon view, then the Column view setting should hold.

    When I set the Icon View options for the IMAGES folder I then clicked "Use as defaults". To me that means that any folder I open in Icon View will use those settings (unless I've edited the settings for that folder) - but, again, that is not what happens; the settings seem random.


    I believe you can specify specific folder to open in certain views.

    One more thing about Finder; should you be able to Shift-click in Icon View to select multiple files? It doesn't work in my Finder.


    Shift clicking will select files in sequence (image 1, image 2, image 3, image 4, image 5)

    Command [Apple] -clicking will let you select individual files (image 1, image 3, image 5)

    If this isn't the case, and if you've already deleted the finder.plist file then I suggest you open Disk Utility

    Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility

    Select your startup disk (Macintosh HD), and click "Repair Disk Permissions" - With any luck that should restore things to normalcy.

    Good Luck.

    Regards,

    Peter.
    Mac Pro 2x2.8Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon CTO; iPod Touch 2nd Gen (Personalized), Mac OS X (10.6.1), iWork & iLife '09, Adobe CS3 & CS4, Final Cut Studio
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Nov 26, 2009 5:36 PM (in response to parish_chap)
    One more thing about Finder; should you be able to Shift-click in Icon View to select multiple files? It doesn't work in my Finder.


    You can't be in thumbnail view and shift-click. Try drag-select instead. See Finder Help for further elucidation.
    Intel iMac X•VI•II, OLED 3D Pano tri-view
  • dougkramer Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2010 10:35 PM (in response to Peter Miller)
    In my experience, in Mac OS X 10.6.2, Finder View options work the way parish_chap thinks it does, not the way Peter Miller says its work.

    "Always open in <type> view" does indeed mean "This folder will always open in this view". If you have images set to always open in icon view, then whenever you click on images in the left menu, the right side will always appear in icon view, just like you'd expect.

    It didn't work this way for me for all folders, but deleting \home\<user>\Library\Preferences\com.apple.finder.plist (so a new one would be created) would enable it to start working.
    iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4GB RAM
  • asim.aftab Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2010 12:11 PM (in response to parish_chap)
    hi guys
    sorry to interrupt as I am new to forums
    in snow leopard view option is a mess...
    it does not remember the setting once it has been told.
    even if I save as default... don't know what to do
    any solution?
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Bazzography Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 12, 2010 12:33 PM (in response to asim.aftab)
    asim.aftab wrote:
    hi guys
    sorry to interrupt as I am new to forums
    in snow leopard view option is a mess...
    it does not remember the setting once it has been told.
    even if I save as default... don't know what to do
    any solution?



    I had this problem and was helped successfully on this forum. Here is the link to the thread. Hope it works for you.

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10774216&#10774216
    MacBook Pro, early 2008 (4,1) / iMac G4, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Guinness\' Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 7, 2010 8:32 AM (in response to Bazzography)
    Had a similar problem with specific folders. In this case, only the Application Folder's view options would always reset after relaunch of the Finder.
    -Permissions ok on folder, .DS_Store, .plist etc...
    The problem was not reproduced using a new user.

    What fixed it: change the view options with another user then change them again with current user.

    In any case, as with ALL operating systems, after a while (years of using the same user, os upgrades) it is always a good and safe options to reinstall from scratch, reinstall programs and only transfer data to have a clean environment once in a while. Every year for Windows users ... 2 1/2 years now on MacOs, time for me to do it
    MacBookPro 17" 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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