I would like to reset the preferences for all my Mac OS X folders. Is this possible?


This would find and delete the files storing view options under your home directory:

find ~ -name .DS_Store -delete

(And don't forget the -name flag — without it it the command would delete everything in your home directory.)

As far as I (and Wikipedia) know, the .DS_Store files mostly store information about folder-specific view options.

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To restore a folder to the default view settings,

  1. Open the View Options panel (Command-J, or View » Show View Options);
  2. Then hold down the Option key and click the bottom button. With the Option key down, the ‘Use as Defaults’ button will change to ‘Restore to Defaults’.
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  • Although the 'correct' answer is great (if you don't make mistakes in copying that dangerous command', this answer is excellent if you don't want to risk Terminal commands. – LWTBP Nov 29 '19 at 6:28

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