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I'm having trouble setting a default arrange type in Mac OS X Lion. I remember doing it in Snow Leopard very long time ago but I forgot it.

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What is an "arrange type"? – Mark Sep 12 '11 at 22:33

Finder works the same way (just be sure you open a real folder and try editing the view options from the Desktop as that one window has abbreviated controls.)

  • Open any Finder folder
  • +J Show View Options
  • make your changes
  • select the Use as defaults button at the bottom of the floating window

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Strange... there's no "Use as Defaults" button for me. I'm sure I'm looking at a "real folder". Anyone else missing this button? – Chazbot Apr 5 '12 at 23:18
Usually this happens when you are operating on the Desktop or another "special" folder like All My Files and not an arbitrary folder. – bmike Apr 5 '12 at 23:46
This "Use as Defaults" option appears to save it only for THAT specific folder, and not all folders on the computer. Setting this doesn't change any other folder. I can't seem to find any way to actually set one folder's view setup, as a global default for all other folders. It's rather maddening. – Jonathan van Clute Jun 17 '12 at 22:49
@Jonathan the OS will first respect whatever setting is established in the current directories .DS_Store file, so perhaps you are looking at folders that already have ase – bmike Jun 18 '12 at 14:49
@Jonathan - the OS respects any custom settings stored in .DS_Store files for each directory before the "default" settings apply. You could crawl the file system and delete these if you want everything to respect the new "defaults". – bmike Jun 18 '12 at 14:52

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