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A fix for an issue with new Finder window positions Desktop
Recently I've been having problem when opening a new Finder window. (Command-N when in Finder). The problem was that the new window was positioned slightly off screen, for every new window, no matter what I did to try and reconfigure this.

Now I just found out that if I open a new window, position it where I want it to be, and then hide and show the toolbar of the window (Command-Option-T), the Finder will now remember this position as the one to use for every new window.

[robg adds: Typically, just opening a new window, then doing nothing with it other than setting its kind, position, and size, and then closing the window, should save the new data as the 'default.' But if it doesn't, perhaps this trick will help.]
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Using this tip to fix window size from folders on desktop
Authored by: ershion on Dec 01, '04 11:31:57AM

Man, this is great. this morning I was getting a bit ticked by the fact that I have my finder windows set to a very minimalist view, sidebar squeezed down to nothing but icons and then list view for pretty much everything but folders opened from the desktop would not adhere to this default that I had created within finder. I only keep a few folders on my desktop from which I need to access regularly but I would like them to adhere to the same size standard.

To test, I did a couple things. The first was create a new folder on my desktop simply by pressing shift-command-N. Opening the new folder showed that my default size and window settings were not applied.

The next test was to see if I could have the settings apply by creating a new folder view an actual finder window. So, I opened up finder, navigated to my desktop and shift-command-n'ed a folder. open from desktop, and nope, no dice.

Now, using today's hint, I could have simply opened them from the desktop and resized them as I prefer, but seeing as I'm on a PB, trying to do the sizing with my lil smokie fingers is exactly why I would have never been a brain surgeon.

The easiest way is when in a finder window, navigate to your desktop, open (create first, if necessary) a folder window and command-option-T once and then twice. Then it retains your settings.

It's kind of a pain in the butt, but it definitely gets around having to deal with abnormal finder windows from the desktop.

As an aside, does anyone know if the fact that my windows from the desktop don't adhere to standard default is a bug or not?



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Using this tip to fix window size from folders on desktop
Authored by: gpenston on Dec 01, '04 01:13:47PM

I've found that holding down the Command key and clicking the Close window button tends to work for me for establishing a windows position and view options. Of course, if you don't want to actually close the window, this may be as much of a hassle.



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Using this tip to fix window size from folders on desktop
Authored by: knealy on Dec 01, '04 04:10:06PM

My Finder never remembers my top HD window position from boot to boot. It will remember as long as I haven't logged off, but not otherwise.



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Using this tip to fix window size from folders on desktop
Authored by: tj2001 on Dec 01, '04 07:52:43PM

Knealy, I'm in the same position as you! The only window I noticed this one is my HD -> Applications folder... I set it for list view and hiding the sidebar and when I reboot, logout or shutdown and I re-open that folder it's like a new window with icon view and all the icons are over-lapped and what not :(

Any ideas for this or how to correct it?

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Using this tip to fix window size from folders on desktop
Authored by: LoonyPandora on Dec 02, '04 06:10:24AM

The best way to do it IMO, is a little expansion on Rob's comment in the main hint:

1) Open new Window, do NOT use the window to navigate anywhere
2) Move to correct position on screen
3) Use the resize handle at the bottom right to resize the window slightly
4) Close the window.

Step 3 is the important step - I have discovered you must resize the window (even if it is just by 1 pixel) for the changes to 'stick'

Also bear in mind that window size/position is done on a per directory basis (Using .DS_Store files) - if you open your HD, and then make these changes, they will not necessarily apply to a Finder window you create using 'Command+N'

I have never had this technique fail for me.



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Using this tip to fix window size from folders on desktop
Authored by: davidmorr on Dec 02, '04 05:40:24PM

Finder windows of "system" directories never change their default settings for me.

I suspect this is because this information is stored in files in those directories (.DS Store?) which are not owned by me and the protections on the files and directories stop me altering them.

I suspect the only way to make this happen is to login as root, change the layout and location to what you want, then logout and login again with your normal username.

Cheers

David



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A fix for an issue with new Finder window positions
Authored by: zygote on Dec 01, '04 07:35:59PM

Speaking of window positioning...remember in OS 9 when you Option clicked the resizing box, the window would expand to fill the screen -- as opposed to only clicking the resize box and having it return to the largest size it was last.
I miss that "feature." It doesn't work (for me) in OS X. I've tried every combination of Option, Command, Control, Shift-Option, Shift-Command, you get the picture.
Has anyone figured out how to do this maximum, maximizing? (Beyond using an Applescript or other macro.)



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