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Lion Keeps Re-arranging my Folders

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Cheese21Cheese Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 27, 2011 6:54 AM

In Snow Leopard I used to make my folders simply snap to grid and I used to arrange them into an order that suited me.

 

In Lion when I do this, be it on the desktop, downloads folder or simply my user home, after a few times of accessing, the folders move randomly or get sorted by lion.

 

Any ideas why this is happeneing and how I can stop it from happening?

27, Mac OS X (10.7), 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD
  • Whiteman007 Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 5:45 AM (in response to Cheese21Cheese)

    Yes this is happening to me too and its really annoying the way snow leopard handled the arrange icons was fine now its all messed up.

  • rcm2525 Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:21 AM (in response to Cheese21Cheese)

    I'm also having this problem.

  • Eddie Prior1 Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:33 AM (in response to rcm2525)

    I like the clutter on my desktop.

    I use a few folders and files all the time, and archive them when I'm finished with them.

    I know where everything is!

     

    Then comes this big Lion who keeps moving everything.

    I don't want tidy - I want clutter!

     

    Is there any way to turn off this annoying practice? I've searched just about everywhere.

  • Lenape Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 8:33 AM (in response to Cheese21Cheese)

    Yay, I'm not the only one. I have all my files arranged in a very intential order in various groups around my desktop. I'm way to busy to have to rearrange this every time I long on. I really need this to stop. Please give us a solution!

  • Eddie Prior1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 12:38 PM (in response to Lenape)

    Found this in another thread:

     

    Open an ordinary Finder window, Go up to View > Show View Options > Arrange by: NONE

     

    Worked for me!

  • Whiteman007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 7:44 PM (in response to Eddie Prior1)

    Found this in another thread:

     

    Open an ordinary Finder window, Go up to View > Show View Options > Arrange by: NONE

     

    Worked for me!

     

     

    I have it sent like that Sort by: snap to grid

    arrange by: NONE

     

    And after a while It will arrange by name on its own and I have to clean up by Kind to put it back to how i want it. Some folders are pain and clean up by kind is not waht i want and it will CLean up on its own to name. and not kep the way I had it befor

  • Whiteman007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:12 PM (in response to Whiteman007)
  • Don Barth Calculating status...
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    Aug 3, 2011 5:08 AM (in response to Whiteman007)

    I have the desktop right click-> sort by None

    desktop right click clean up by -> nothing checked

    show view option -> sort by None selected

    what's up? it's still re-arranging my desktop?

  • Don Barth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 6:21 AM (in response to Don Barth)

    here's what worked for me - solution at this discussion link

    View the full discussion

  • Whiteman007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 6:48 AM (in response to Don Barth)

    Was that only for desktop tho mines doing it in finder folders. heres a example

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRhfKPwTKXs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Don Barth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 9:42 AM (in response to Whiteman007)

    yes it was only the desktop that was doing that

    the file that was deleted that solved the problem was com.apple.desktop.plist

    maybe there's one for the finder or windows? Someone care to jump in ;-)

  • Eddie Prior1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 10:46 AM (in response to Don Barth)

    I had the problem, sorted it in Finder>View>Show View Options and everything was OK.

    But... take a long weekend away, back today, and the re-arranging is back too!

     

    Another thread suggested trashing the Library>Preferences>com.apple.desktop.plist file.

    I've not got one!

    Spotlight (with everything selected) cant find it. It doesnt exist.

    See alphabetical list in Library>PreferencesScreen Shot 2011-08-03 at 17.57.13.jpg

    it should be there between CoreRAID and dockfixup.

     

    Any suggestions?

    And any suggestions why on an Apple-hosted discussion forum, someone from Apple cant just spare a couple of minutes to provide an answer?

  • Frank Miller2 Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 12:41 PM (in response to Eddie Prior1)

    Yes, you have such a plist.  It's in Your Home Folder>Library>Preferences.  This folder is now hidden in Lion - do a search on this forum to find out how to make it visible.  BTW, a cluttered desktop, one with many icons/folders, can significantly slow down your machine.  It's related to how your Mac works with desktop files.  It is better to have only a few icons/folders on your desktop and place your files in them, nested as you wish.

     

    Frank

     

    edit:  Apple doesn't live here - we're all just Mac users.

  • Eddie Prior1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 4, 2011 2:50 AM (in response to Frank Miller2)

    Thanks Frank -

    Much easier than all the Terminal and Apple Script stuff (I dont want to have to do all that - thats why I've been using Macs since 1992) is the Finder's [ Go > Go to Folder > ~/Library ] line - every hidden file is there to be seen!

     

    Discarded the com.apple.desktop.plist and (for the moment) everything seems to be back to normal (It did lose my desktop picture setting but thats easy to replace)

     

    While I'm working on various tasks I do like to have the various files on the desktop - maybe slows down the Mac a tad, but saves me more time searching, using and re-placing files that I need constantly. When finished, there're archived properly!

     

    My point was that this an Apple-hosted site. It is inexcusable that when many people on many different threads are tearing their hair out seeking an answer to the same 'icon-rearrangement in Lion' problem, no-one from Apple software can comment. Don't tell me they dont read them! I know for a fact that they do.

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