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Authored by: Johnny_B on Nov 26, '02 11:18:02AM

Is it possible to take a .ds_store file that is set up the way I want, and to put this in every folder, with replacing ? This would really be a "killer" hint.



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Folder view settings lost
Authored by: mark.suska on Nov 26, '02 10:41:21PM

I just switched to OS X when I got my new PowerBook. One of the first things that I noticed was that the finder windows were recycled. I found and enabled the finder setting to open folders in new windows, but now I find that the settings in for each folder are sometimes lost.
[begin rant: This was one of my favorite features (remebering window and icon positions) about Mac OS and the thing I hate about Windows. Each window and icon stays where I leave it, and this is easy to remember. I hate searching through list for files, and often you do not remember the name of the file. :end rant]
I copied many folders of photographs from another machine and I wanted to have each folder open up with large icons and preview enabled so that I could browse the picures in the finder. I could not figure out a way to change the settings without manually opening each folder individually and modifying the settings. I also did not want to globally modify the setting because I had already organized many other folders.
Anyway, I painfully modified the settings one by one. The settings kept for a while but I started to notice that some folder settings were changing.
The preview and backgroung color was lost on some folders. Other folder had the preview icons decrease in resolution (they had that blocky look like enlarged OS 9 icons do).
Is there a way to fix this problem?

When you select the "Show View Options" menu (command-J) a floating window appears with these options:
- this window / all windows
- icon size (28 to 128)
- text size
- label position (bottom / right)
- snap to grid
- show item info
- show icon preview
- keep aranged by (name / date / size / kind)
- background (white / color / picture)
In addition to these options, the position and size of the finder window and the positions of each icon are stored.

Where are each of these settings stored?
Does anybody know what exactly is stored in the .DS_Store file?
If you view the .DS_Store file you will see files listed, so it does store some per-file settings.
I thought that the file system itself stored all this information. Mac OS 8/9 did this without the .DS_Store files. OS X still uses the same file system as previous Mac OS versions, so why is the .DS_Store file needed?
The only new settings introduce in OS X is the Preview and Background.

Mark



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Folder view settings lost
Authored by: aranor on Nov 27, '02 02:45:01AM

OS X does /not/ use the same desktop database as OS 9. It uses the .DS_Store files instead.



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