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I've just started using OSX and am getting used to the way it handles windows. I want to alter the items in the column window in the following order: Name, Size, Date Modified, Kind. In OS9, I could set this order as the default for all new folders, but I can't find a way to do it in OSX. Is this possible?...

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    I've just started using OSX and am getting used to the way it
    handles windows. I want to alter the items in the column window in the
    following order: Name, Size, Date Modified, Kind. In OS9, I could set
    this order as the default for all new folders, but I can't find a way to
    do it in OSX. Is this possible?
    dotlyc Guest

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    dotlyc wrote:
     

    Not directly. Column View always sorts alphanumerically. What you
    could try is use Column View to navigate to the required folder and then
    switch to List View - arrange each item to taste, including the width of
    each column. The next time you return to the folder, and switch to List
    View, the items appears the way you last set them. You can even set
    different folders to display items in different order. This also
    applies if you set Icon View - essentially, every folder can 'memorise'
    these settings.

    Alternatively, open a window in List View, set it to taste and then open
    Finder's Show View Options menu (Command-J) - click the button for All
    Windows and you're done!

    =:~)

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    Chas Guest

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    In article <gFI%a.3747$nbnet.nb.ca>,
    dotlyc <ca> wrote:
     

    First, I was confused by your comment that 'you are getting used to the
    way OS X handles windows.' In fact, it can be set to handle windows in a
    manner very similarly to the way OS 9 does.

    Go to the Finder. Open its preferences. Select 'New Finder Windows shows
    Home.' Select the checkbox for 'Always open folders in a new window' and
    deselect 'Open new windows in column view.' Select the checkbox for
    'Spring loaded folders.'

    Now open your hard drive and open 'Show View Options' from the View
    menu. Select the 'All windows' radio button. Set icon and text size to
    your preference. Select the 'Bottom' radio button for Label position.
    Change other options to your preference.

    New folders will now inherit those settings.

    I also recommend selecting 'Show status bar' and 'Show toolbar' from the
    view menu. If you put the view wdget in the toolbar, you'll be able to
    instantly switch from Icon to List to Column views with a single click.

    Most of the window-handling techniques you've become used to in OS 9 are
    still available (and are activated in the same ways) in OS X. For
    example, Option-click the close widget to close all windows.
    Option-double-click a folder to close the old window while opening the
    new one. Command-click the centre of the windows title bar to pop up a
    path navigation menu, etc.

    BTW, many of these shortcuts are defined in the Finder's help.

    Have fun!

    --
    Don Andrachuk
    DEA Systems
    Don Guest

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