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Q: Finder "List View" folder defaults

 
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plaidflannel
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject: Q: Finder "List View" folder defaults Reply with quote

I have included my internal hard disk in the sidebar of Finder windows. If the Finder view is currently "List" and I click on the hard disk icon, the contents of the disk are shown, but instead of just the top-level list of contents, one of the top-level folders is open (the reveal triangle points down), and within that folder, one of the folders is open, and within that folder, one of the folders is open, and within that folder, one of the folders is open. The visible list of files is longer than the height of the window.

So, when I want to navigate somewhere in the hard disk, I first have to click the tiny reveal triangles of all the open folders and subfolders, and then begin the actual desired navigation.

Question: how can I have the list view open with only a listing of the top-level folders?

Additional observations:

1. The set of opened folders and subfolders is always the same.

2. If I close all the opened folders and subfolders, and then later click the hard disk icon in the sidebar, the folders are all still closed. If I then restart the computer and click the hard disk icon in the sidebar, the view has all the same folders and subfolders open again.

3. If I close all the opened folders and subfolders, remove the hard disk from the sidebar, restart, then add the hard disk to the sidebar again, all the same folders and subfolders are open again.

4. I suspect this issue may be related to the .DS_Store files in the affected folders, but I donít know of any application that allows me to examine and edit those files.

I'm running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on a Mac Mini.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps deleting the DS files would fix that?

Onyx might be able to rebuild the desktop if you can't do that from the finder anymore.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Q: Finder "List View" folder defaults Reply with quote

plaidflannel wrote:
Question: how can I have the list view open with only a listing of the top-level folders?


This might help:

Hit cmd-A to select everything in the file/folder list.

Hit alt-cmd-leftcursorarrow to collapse everything selected to its "closed" state.

BTW: alt-cmd-rightcursorarrow will open everything selected to its "fully open" state too.
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Not sure why it's not remembering the last state you left it, though.
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