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.

  • What is an "arrange type"?
    – mmmmmm
    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.
    – JVC
    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
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    "Use as Default" does not apply to "Arrange By" Sep 28 '16 at 19:59

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