5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 24, 2013 11:19 PM by baltwo
Guy Burns Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

Okay, I had the solution for this on my G5 iMac under 10.4.11 (see https://discussions.apple.com/message/11410762#11410762), but under 10.6.8 things have changed. When I try the previous solution, what I get is the icon view and I want the list view.

 

I want to open a number of windows on my desktop in a certain way and be able to restore the look and position of them. Is that possible?

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)

    Only Finder windows will reopen as you last set them when shutting down. You need Lion/ML to restore apps and there windows on restart.

  • Guy Burns Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    I take it, then, that it is not possible in any OSX to save the size, position and style of a Finder window so that every time you open a particular folder it opens the same way?

     

    As an example, I open a folder, set it up the way I want, then tell OSX to save the settings. Then I change the look of the folder and close it (without saving the settings). When I reopen that folder next week, it remembers the original look, not the altered look.

     

    Another possibility: when I minimize a window it disappears into the Dock and stays there until I shut down. Is it possible to tell OSX to keep that minimised window in the Dock until I remove it?

  • Guy Burns Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    After spending a bit of time looking into this, I have found a part solution (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3739).

     

    To save a folder so that it opens again as it was set up:

     

    1. Set up the Folder (call it XYZ) as you want it: position, size, style (List, Icon…)
    2. Drag XYZ to the Dock.
    3. Control-Click XYZ in the Dock and set up the options. I chose Display as > Folder.
    4. When you want to open XYZ, Control-Click on it in the Dock and select the bottom option: Open…

     

    XYZ will open looking exactly the same as you set it up, but with three provisos:

     

    1. If you navigate to a new volume or folder within XYZ's window using the back and forward keys, and then open XYZ from the Dock, it will be displaced a small amount because another window is now occupying its proper position.
    2. Style changes are not saved unless you drag the newly-styled XYZ to the Dock, thereby overwriting the existing XYZ.
    3. Position changes are saved. Move/resize XYZ, and the Dock remembers the new position/size.

     

    Control-Click is the trick, but position/size are not locked in. If you don't move/resize the folder, no problem.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)

    Guy Burns wrote:

    I take it, then, that it is not possible in any OSX to save the size, position and style of a Finder window so that every time you open a particular folder it opens the same way?

    All the folders I set up retain their position, size, and style. The hidden .DS_Store file retains those settings. I really don't know why you're having issues. Log into a newly created admin user account and see if the problem persists.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,945 points)

    Never used the Dock in this manner, so can't comment on that behavior.