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How do keep folder icons from rearranging?

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leonfromalexandria Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 25, 2011 10:22 AM

Since upgrading to Lion, icons in various folders keep rearranging themselves.   I arrange them manually but the arrangements don't always stick.  Some folders are ok and some are not.  Deleting the .DS_Store folder does not seem to help.  Ideas?

  • leroydouglas Level 6 Level 6 (13,425 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 10:27 AM (in response to leonfromalexandria)

    I can only assume you already set the Finder preferences>View>ViewOptions>Arrange Sort By to None

  • BRUCED! Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to leonfromalexandria)

    Have you tried "Use as Defaults"?


    Open a Finder window > View > Show View Options > Set your view preferences > Use as Defaults (at the bottom)? You can set you preferences for each view (List, Icon, etc..)


    Now, whenever you use that view, it will set that Finder window to your preferences.

  • spinyanteater Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2011 11:16 AM (in response to leonfromalexandria)

    I've been having this problem too since upgrading to Lion - never had it before. The icons rearrange themselves alphabetically despite the settings. I've had to put them back where I want them twice in the past couple of days, and they've just rearranged themselves again - it's driving me crazy. I'll try your suggestion, Bruced, and hope it works!

  • LJH_CMH Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 11:31 AM (in response to leonfromalexandria)

    I've had this exact same problem. It is definitely one of the many buggy problems in Lion right now. I rearranged several times. It would be OK for a while, and then they would get rearranged again. I couldn't find any way to fix it. It was one of the many reasons that I decided to throw out Lion and go back to Snow Leopard. Lion is just terrible. Of course, I won't even try to get my $29 back.


    At this point you have three choices: Get used to an arbitrary change you don't like (a helpful attitude for any Mac owner, LOL), wait 6 months for an upgrade and hope they fix it, or pull out Time Machine and revert to Snow Leopard.


    Good luck.

  • BRUCED! Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    No, whatever default you set the parent folder will not be applied to the subfolder; you can have different views for different folders.


    The preference for that view is what 'Use as defaults' is all about (e.g My preference for Icon View is: icon size as 128x128, grid spacing max, text size 13, arrange by Name).


    So whenever I choose icon view for a folder, it will use those choices as the Icon View default.

  • spinyanteater Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 1:13 AM (in response to BRUCED!)

    Sorry to report that 'Use as Defaults' doesn't help. My icons have rearranged themselves twice again despite setting None as the sorting default.

  • B. Rike Calculating status...

    I have the same problem. I have a bulletin board of project cards, each card is business card size. I also have a folder on my system, that I keep in icon view. The placement of the icons mirrors the placement of the bulletin board. So when I move a card, I also move that same icon.


    Now, the system is all messed up because all of the icons move. Nothing has been able to fix it. Frustrating.

  • B. Rike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also think Lion has a new feature, where the icons will move as you resize the window, so no of the icons get hidden.


    I don't know a way to keep one folder window the same size all the time, so if the window size has changed, then the icons will likely be rearranged.

  • spinyanteater Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Jul 30, 2011 9:53 AM (in response to B. Rike)

    The icons are not rearranging because the window size changed (my icons are happy to be hidden off the edge of a window), they are rearranging for no discernable reason. Despite the default settings, they have just put themselves in list view (which I never use) - that's a new variation.

  • Philippesan Calculating status...
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    Jul 30, 2011 10:31 AM (in response to spinyanteater)

    Same for me, many many problems despite my clean up install

    Snow Leopard had also many issues with 512 pixels icons and random rearranging, Apple did bad job about this.

  • unpeople Calculating status...
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    Jul 30, 2011 11:16 PM (in response to leonfromalexandria)

    This behavior is absolutely infuriating. If it weren't such an epic hassle, I'd revert to Snow Leopard just so that I could view my files the way I want, rather than the random way that Lion's buggy Finder wants. To the people on this page offering helpful troubleshooting suggestions, this is not a settings issue, or a permissions problem. Bad coding is the cause, and good coding in some future release of Lion will be the only cure.

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