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Changing the Finder's list view default column widths
Authored by: Tom Robinson on Apr 02, '03 02:30:07PM

Great hint but I don't like force quitting the Finder because it can cause recent changes to folder view options, the recent folders list, and sometimes new file comments to be lost.

I use this short AppleScript instead:

tell application "Finder" to quit
delay 4
tell application "Finder" to activate

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Forcing Finder to write its changes
Authored by: noworryz on Apr 02, '03 06:52:40PM

Actually, if you are going to tell the Finder to quit, you should do it before, not after, editing its file. You don't want the Finder to over-write the changes you are making.

You can also force it to write out its changes by simply ejecting your disks (including the startup disk; the Finder writes out the changes then give the error dialog). Alternatively, you can use the Applescript above or type in the Terminal:

/usr/bin/osascript -e 'quit application "Finder"'
/usr/bin/open -a "Finder"

In any case, always force quit immediately after manually editing the plist file!


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