Currently Being ModeratedAug 4, 2012 5:44 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
OK I've done 2 restarts since posting the above, and each time the FINDER window was OK - appeared just like above. (But not the previous 5-8 times). Don't think I've changed any software since 2 August…
Appreciate any comments - even if you are not having this issue.
Saturday 4 August 2012
Currently Being ModeratedOct 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.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 3, 2012 2:41 AM (in response to IdeaSandbox)
Even with Mountain lion 10.8.2 I continued to have windows problems. The icon size changes from for example 100 to 36. The colored or picture background windows change to all-white. Windows set to sort by name have gone to no sorting none.
What is wrong? I have never had this starting with Mac OS 6.0.4 in the year 1989 right through to and including 10.7 Lion. Now this horrible problem with Mountain lion.
Are there any others out there experiencing these problems? If not would you try to set some windows for color and picture backgrounds, restart a few times and move around the windows to see if there is a problem.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2012 7:03 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
I was really expecting a lot more response to this discussion. Perhaps there are not many of you personalizing your windows with specific settings like icon size, icon spacing, colors or pictures especially pictures for the window itself.
Essentially every time I restart my Mac (fortunately only once or twice a week) my main window which has an image and snap to grid spacing has gone to no picture background, much larger icon size and sorted by name. Worse, in order to read set the window I have to take about five minutes to manually reset all the icons.
I will re-contact Apple concerning this major bug but would certainly appreciate some of you out there trying to duplicate this situation, that is, setting a picture / image in the window and setting snap to grid and setting 60 x 60 icon size and doing one or more restarts and checking the icon view.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 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.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 15, 2012 10:27 AM (in response to Djim\'s)
I also do not have any problems with the dropbox folder. But I can have problems with really any folder and almost any time.
I see this most in the main folder for my hard drive which is illustrated in my initial post. I reduced the number of main icons on that folder to 25 just to make it easier to arrange it after a startup when ML scatters them everywhere.
I use Sugarsync almost constantly and turn on dropbox now and then. I also use totalfinder but I have never been able to link it to any of these three programs. Indeed I once turned off totalfinder for two weeks and had exactly the same problems.
Again I think most people don't experience this because they don't make special folders with images, colors, specific sizes of icons or other things.
I shall update my Apple Bug report and then report back here later this year or early January.
15 December 2012
Currently Being ModeratedJan 6, 2013 12:21 AM (in response to IdeaSandbox)
I continue to have this problem with the Finder somewhat randomly changing the icon size, icon placement, icon sort order and background picture or color in the icon view. Never had this going all the way back to Mac OS 6.0.4 in 1989…
Is there hope for a solution with 10.8.3???
6 Jan 2013
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 10, 2013 4:26 AM (in response to Lanny)
Thanks for your suggestion, but I did as you suggested, quit Dropbox, restarted and then 2 days later shut down my MBP and restarted--- and the FINDER icon view was mixed-up just as before:
- Icon size went from 60x60 to 100x100.
- Window picture background that I had set was gone - replaced by white
- Sort by snap-to-grid was gone, replaced by "none"
- All icons were in a random pattern, not like I had set them
I don't understand why this is happening still.
I believe other people are not experiencing this because a great number of Mac users (in my opinion) do not modify their max the way I do. That is they are content to have a window which has no color or no background image and they don't really care in what order their icons appear. Now I am not saying everyone and perhaps 50 or 60% of Mac users are rather pedantic about how their windows appear but I am saying that I don't believe they use all the features images and settings that I'm using. Thus they are not having the problems that I am having. Or they are not reporting them here!
More bug reports to file it seems!
Thursday 10 January 2013MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, Also a Mac SE running 6.0.4 - not upgrading that!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 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...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 14, 2013 6:47 PM (in response to cyborgsam)
Thanks for your comments and details. This has been among the most frustrating things about mountain lion. Every other restart I have to rearrange all my icons on that very first page! Again I had to do it today.
Repeatedly I will go to a window and icons which I had set for 144 x 144 are at 32 x 32. Why is this?
Sort order, window background, color, icon size… All changed almost all the time.
Later today I will go and update my bug report. Please file a bug report with Apple.
January 15, 2013