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The finder's desktop preferences let you snap the desktop icons to a grid, yet somehow the icons always get randomly rearranged. The easy Classic-like fix is to turn on the 'arrange by' desktop view option (which I belive is currently hidden). I did this with prefedit (or any xmlproperty editor) in the following property:


Look in the DesktopViewOptions property for ArrangeBy which you can set to "dnam" for sort by name or "kind" for sort by kind. Save your changes...

Now log out and log back in and your desktop is sorted. I found a desktop sorted by kind with the trash can on the desktop and a couple of good aliases ("Home", "Print Center", MacOS 9 Apps, MacOS X Apps, etc...) makes the desktop suddenly look very much like Classic.
hope this helps
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Authored by: czucker on Aug 01, '01 03:32:20PM

So, this tip worked great, except for one thing. My icons are listed with the drives last. I usually prefer to have my drives listed first on my desktop, followed by other folders and other file types. Does anybody know how to do this?

I;m also wondering if anybody knows the value for the column view? I know that icon view is "icnv" but I'm not sure how to denote columns.

Any info would be great.

Chris Z.

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