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Finder windows don't retain settings!!

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Stephen Schulte1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Aug 2, 2012 4:49 AM

I don't usually switch to a new OS right away – and now I know why.  Lots of teething problems with Mountain Lion.  (Kinda had to upgrade early this time - new MBA for my daughter who is on a mission to fight Hunger in Africa and wanted to be able to assist her setting-up her MBA…)


OK there is much to love about Mountain Lion, including dictation which is how I am writing this post.


The big problem I'm having right now is that my finder windows change upon start up. My main finder window when I open my hard drive has 30 icons. I have this set for the snap-to grid-mode and I have a picture as the background for this finder window.


MBP window 56x56 snap-to-grid.jpg


You can see that this is quite colorful, easy to recognize and has some personalized icons that go back to Mac OS 6.0.4.


But when I restart my Mac (fortunately only a couple times a week) the picture is gone and the icons are all on a white background in alphabetical order. For some 20 years I've used a main window, a main finder window as an easy and friendly way to recognize and organize things. Now every time I start up I have to spend five minutes rearranging the icons and resetting this. I heard there was a similar bug in lion 10.7.1 or 10.7.2.


(And yes I built that 6 foot tall, 4 inch diameter rocket and launched it to 800 meters altitude, safely recovered, in 2009).


Is anyone having this problem? If not could you try to load an image and set for snap to grid and restart your Mac to see if this problem is an OS problem or conflict with another program?  I use CopyPaste Pro, DragThing, TextExpander, aLaunch, StockMenulet, Free Memory, MenuCalendarClock and a host of other shareware / App Store programs -- but I have used all these programs for the last 2 to 5 years and never, repeat never had this window missing artwork and re-organization problem.


This dictation via Mountain Lion is great!  (But see my other post – the missing cursor problem is another one that is bugging me…)


Thanks very much.



MacOnly since 1989

Thursday 2 August 2012

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4 - not upgrading that!
  • IdeaSandbox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 1, 2012 3:15 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    I'm experiencing the same problem. Not with all folders... but the one I use the most!


    I keep losing - in one of my key folders...


    • icon size
    • grid spacing
    • background color


    I've set and re-set it many times. I've use the USE AS DEFAULTS button.


    It doesn't stick.

  • IdeaSandbox Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 7:29 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    I spoke with Apple support some time ago and the only thing we could point to was that the folder affected is one I'm using with Dropbox... and (these are my words) Dropbox may not respect the hidden files that control preferences.


    My problem is that icon size changes and I lose my custom icons. I've been using Dropbox for quite a while and this is a relatively new situation... either something new in the OS or something different in the way Dropbox work.

  • Djim\'s Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 9:15 AM (in response to IdeaSandbox)

    I'm not experiencing icons presentation with the DropBox folder.

    I can't make a link between a particular type of folder and the problem.

    It just runs with any folder !

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,195 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 12:59 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    It's been my experience that the issue is caused by using DropBox. Quit DropBox, disable it, and remove it from automatically starting up, then see if you no longer have the issue.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,195 points)
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    Jan 6, 2013 7:45 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    Screen Shot 2013-01-06 at 10.43.18 AM.jpg


    Then Quit.

  • cyborgsam Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)

    I'm suffering from this also, Mountain Lion can't remember Finder window settings.  I prefer to view most folders by icon, and I use a lot of custom icons.  The reason is the nature of my work: a project can have many files, and many are not created or named by me.  The only easy way to organize them is to keep a lot of folders in a well organ ized hierarchy.  Searhcing won't suffice because I can't remember the name or content of a file form 8 years ago, but I can quickly find it by navigating through the hierarchy.


    If you don't know: a folder's Finder settings are stored in the folder in a hidden file named .DS_Store.


    I've tried locking the .DS-Store files, Mountain Lion will stil display the wrong settings.  The "wrongness" propagates to sub-folders also.


    I haven't been able to determine any pattern in this.  It has been one of the major impediments to me getting work done.


    I've seriously considered "upgrading" from Mountain Lion to Snow Leopard...

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