How to display Mac folder contents as list

Posted on 2006-05-29
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
This is a REALLY rudimentary question, but I'm trying to set my G5 running 10.4.6 to display all folders in list mode, rather than icon mode.  Or at least a few folders in particular.  It seems no matter how I set them, they always come back with the icons.

I know how to do it on my XP machine, but I'm lost on the G5.  I've tried searching here for the answer, to no avail.

Thanks for your help.

-Craig Burnett
Question by:craigburnett
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    you can't: under osX the choice for defaults is icons or columns, not pure windows-like lists. all you can do is to set it folder per folder, it will remember it unless you changed defaults again for columns, ie if default is set to column, it overwrites the previous mode used for a given window, if you set it it icons, it will remember any previous setting, whatever it was. don't ask me why!

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    That's kinda my point...I DO, in fact, set the folders, and the folders don't remember.  Because this really affects only a few folders that I frequently opened, if it DID remember, I'd be set.  But it doesn't.

    While I really appreciate your reply, it's difficult for me to believe that, with dozens of other minute aspects of the operating system being customizable, that one of the more important features is not.  I'd like to see some other comments on this issue.
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    wait then! and try to confirm or break my statement, it only takes 10s... (I am running 10.4.5)
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    Try have a look at Set multiple folder views via Automator.


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    Hmm, choices like those are saved in those pesky .DS_STORE files (whom you`ll know well if you network with Windows-computers), if you run Onyx or some other cleanup-utility you might accidentaly also clean out all the .DS_STORE files.

    You could try to follow lesouefs advice, and set Icon-view as standard, and then set folders manually to be list-view.
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