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A better List View in Stacks System
Enabling 'new list view' in Dock stacks allows you to manipulate the icons in a stack that is displayed in List View.

When viewing a Stack in Fan or Grid modes, you can manipulate the icons via drag-and-drop and invoke Quick Look by typing a space while hovering over the icon. However, these actions are not supported in the standard List View.

OS X 10.7 (and possibly earlier versions) supports a 'new list view' in which icons can be manipulated in the same ways as in the fan and grid views. It can be enabled via the Terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES && killall Dock

Also, when the New List View is in effect, icons sizes can be changed with the Command+Plus and Command+Minus key combinations.

To return to the default list view use:

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool NO && killall Dock

[crarko adds: This worked for me in 10.6.8 as well.]
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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: emendelson on Dec 22, '11 07:48:54AM

That hint has been here for a while:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20090903104925782



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: michelle_eris on Dec 22, '11 09:22:31AM

If you don't want to use the Terminal, you can run this Applescript instead:

do shell script "defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES && killall Dock"



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: everkleer80 on Dec 22, '11 10:34:28AM

My first thought was also "isn't that a duplicate?" when I read this hint (I applied this as soon as I saw it the first time, and it's always been one of my favorite hints on here.) But I never knew about the CMD-Plus/CMD-Minus thing... that sounds pretty cool! I'll have to try it when I get home. Does it stick between uses/restarts?



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: llee on Dec 22, '11 12:51:17PM

The time may come when killing your Dock has unintended results. If so, this less forceful replacement for "killall Dock" may be useful.

osascript -e 'tell application "Dock" to quit'



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: wlow on Dec 23, '11 06:07:48PM

I just discovered that the Command -/+ works for Grid as well. This is fantastic because, for me, the grid icon default size seemed a bit too big. And each folder setting is independent of other folder settings on the dock, so your Download grid icons can be huge and your Document grid icons can be small.



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: Milliways2 on Dec 27, '11 03:51:35PM

I tried the hint above, and it works, although I am not sure if I like it.
This does allow icon resizing.

What I would really like is to be able to shrink the icons in grid view, but this does not seem to work (10.6.8)



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: jremmers on Dec 24, '11 05:32:07AM

everkleer80 - Icon resizing in stacks (cmd-plus/cmd-minus) persists over restarts and can be set independently for each stack. Very handy.



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A better List View in Stacks
Authored by: teladoy on Jan 06, '12 04:13:38AM

After trying this I found that apple list look fit a lot better for my taste thanks anyway.



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