I played around with some settings for the desktop and now I want them to be exactly stock. I think the grid size by default is 64x64, but I'm not sure what the grid spacing was set to.
Can anyone help?
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A more manual way (and one that can be achieved programmatically via AppleScript, Unix shell command etc) is to edit the Finder's "plist" or preferences located here:
Standard View Settings -> ExtendedListViewSettingsV2 -> IconViewSettings -> gridSpacing
it will read 54 as your grid spacing if you have never changed your default settings. System Icon default size is below that and would be 64.
Note that the desktop "folder" is special and has it's own settings. That means you can't just look for 'gridSpacing' and get the right one. The desktop settings are at:
DesktopViewSettings -> IconViewSettings -> gridSpacing
For additional fun, get TextWranger from the App Store (awesome tool), open the plist file noted above, locate the gridSpacing for the Desktop. Then show view options (command-j). Then adjust the grid spacing and watch the gridSpacing value change in the TextWranger document. It takes a second to update but this gives you a feel for how apps interact with their preferences.