view: list/icon default

Is there any way to change the Mac system default so that all new folders are opened  as lists rather than the default as icons?
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weedConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I suppose i should change this to an answer as its the closest youll get to setting a system wide preference.
The closest you can get to setting a system wide default is: with OS 9 go to the Edit->Preferences menu. Under the views tab set your defaults.

There are also applescripts available that will search your entire hard drive and set the views of all folders it encounters to your settings. Below is an excerpt from a script posted at
Here's a great script written by WTF and submitted by Blake. Drag a folder onto it, and the folder, and all sub-folders, will be changed to "List by Name". You can easily modify it to View by Icon.

on open theList
my SetView(theList)
end open

on SetView(theViewList)
tell application "Finder"
repeat with theItem in theViewList
if the kind of theItem is "folder" then
open theItem
set view of theItem to name
close theItem
set theFolderContents to the contents of theItem
my SetView(theFolderContents)
end if
end repeat
end tell
end SetView
somacrowAuthor Commented:
Until I get OS 9 this will work. I hate upgrading OS, always all kinds of conflicts and unexplained crashes. My sys is very stable now and I hate to fix what ain't broke. I will use the Applescript. That will certainly save all kinds of time. Thanks so much for your help on both these questions. The Stuffit 5.5 works great by the way. That was indeed the problem. I owe both you and Andy for that one.
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