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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks System 10.6
There's a new hidden preference available for List view Stacks in the Dock in 10.6. Open Terminal and run these two commands:
$ defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES
$ killall Dock
This will make the List view behave like the Grid view, only with all items arranged in one vertical list, with names to the right.

[robg adds: The screenshot at the right is mine; click it for a larger version of the before (left) and after (right) versions of the List stack. With the change, you'll have to drill down into folders as you do with Grid view stacks; this hint's keyboard method works fine for the new style List view stacks.]
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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: mkoistinen on Sep 18, '09 08:21:22AM

Sadly, the list is in descending sort order for dates, so if I choose to sort by Date Added, the items in my stack added most recently are at the very top, which, IMHO, makes it half-baked. This is perfect for a regular folder, but the exact opposite of what is needed for a Dock stack. Otherwise nice looking.



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: robogobo on May 05, '10 06:41:46AM

funny I think just the opposite.



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: joelw135 on Sep 18, '09 10:38:31AM

Are you sure these command is correct as no matter how many times I cut and paste each line into terminal it comes back with "No Command Found". Any ideas?



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: everkleer80 on Sep 18, '09 11:30:59AM

Don't copy the dollar-sign. It just represents the prompt.



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: sarwargs on Sep 18, '09 12:22:48PM

@joelw135
copy and paste commands without dollar sign.



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: gopes on Sep 18, '09 10:58:29AM

Awesome, awesome. What drives me nuts about the default 'list' behavior is the inability to follow aliases without using the Finder (I've only tried aliases, though).



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: rival138 on Sep 18, '09 11:23:52AM

This looks great but I'm getting a strange flicker when choosing folders in the list. - Macbook Pro 1,1



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: PizzaCake on Sep 18, '09 01:41:58PM

I've noticed that aliases appear as blank files in grid and list view until I run
$ killall Dock
then they appear as aliases folders and can be navigated as normal folders
A bug?



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: MartiNZ on Sep 18, '09 08:20:17PM

This is a really interesting new hidden feature!

I don't like Grid View in stacks because of the major truncation of names and the massive icons; and I too find List View annoying for issues with aliases and for the fact that you have to keep moving all across the screen and it is very easy to get shunted back up the tree due to a new column overlapping an earlier one.

This New List View takes the best of both in a way, what with Grid's new ability to dig down. It is curious that it takes a fixed width rather than adjusting to filename lengths like Old List View though.

A couple of interesting things:
- I have my hard drive as a list view stack in the dock. With this new view I'm seeing a very odd effect that appears to be unique to /Applications/Utilities – if I dig down to that folder and then go back, it spins the view around in the process; for any other folder it seems to just fade out and in depending on required height.

- In trying to get a better look at that effect I held down shift while climbing back up from /Applications/Utilities. That worked nicely and indeed it did show a full spin, anticlockwise, in the process. I then tried holding shift while digging down. Bad idea, something missing in the development there and it doesn't fade back in, just distorts whatever is in the window behind. I guess that's one reason it is not an official option.

- That they broke nested sorting in stacks with SL is the main thing annoying me now; any hidden option to get that back? :)



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: dyfolio on Sep 19, '09 08:09:28PM

The spin is not unique to the Utilities folder. I got it in a few different locations. From what I've gathered, the effect's appearance is dependant upon the folder you are going back to. If the folder you're going back to requires a scrollbar (like Applications), then the current folder spins when it fades out.



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: avandelay on Jul 27, '10 03:19:59PM

Ha. I held "shift" down to slow down the effect as I drilled down into a folder. First part of the effect looked ominiously like the way the screen behaves during a kernel panic. Freaked me out for a second!



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10.6: Make List view Stacks work like Grid view Stacks
Authored by: robogobo on May 03, '10 12:47:05PM

Really wonderful. Missed this one the first time around. Thanks for the repost robg.



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