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  • Set the default folder view options in list format, and then set a few special folders to default to the icon view.

Process (I think)

  • Open Finder and configure the view options as desired for all folders—list view with 10pt font
  • Click "Use as Defaults"
  • Open one of the folders that I want to view by default different from the other folders (e.g., Applications)
  • Set the view options for just that folder—icon view, 40 x 40 icon size, 10pt font
  • Select "Always open in icon view"
  • Should I click "Use as Defaults"?


  • What does "Use as Defaults" impact?
    1. The default settings for that particular view style—icon, list, column, and cover flow?
    2. The default settings for that particular folder?
    3. The default settings for all folders?

System Configuration

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.2

Preliminary/Background Research

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

According to the Simple Help discussion Overview: The OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Finder, the scope of the two view options commands is as follows:

  • Always Open in xxx View: Applies only to that specific folder.
  • Set as Default: Applies to all folders opened in that particular view, meaning that it sets the defaults for that view as opposed to the defaults for that folder. (In my original question, the answer is #1.)

Armed with this knowledge, my problem must stem from old .DS_Store files in some folders as to why in certain folders the text size deviates from my default 10 point default.

Deleting .DS_Store Recursively in Folders

My frustration and confusion from seeing folders open not using my defaults appears to have stemmed from old .DS_Store files from folders that I had copied over from an older machine. To resolve, I recursively deleted the folders as follows using Terminal:

cd ~/Folder with bad views
sudo find . -name ".DS_Store" -depth -exec rm {} \;

Kudos to the Adobe TechNote Removing .DS_Store files on Macintosh OS X? for providing this command to delete recursively.

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To delete these files not only within the current working directory, but on the whole machine (including external and network drives), use sudo find / -name ".DS_Store" -depth -exec rm {} \; – Daniel Beck Oct 2 '11 at 7:24

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