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    Does .DS_Store really hold folder view info??

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    Does .DS_Store really hold folder view info??
    I did a test by opening a folder, opening view options, and changing the background picture for that folder only. if I close the window and open it again, it shows up fine.

    Now, if I remove the folder's .DS_Store file, then open the window... it still shows the picture background! I thought .DS_Store holds view info for each folder? How do I reset a folder to default view?

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    Does .DS_Store really hold folder view info??
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    I believe the window background is another hidden file. At any rate, command+j will bring up the folder properties. you can remove the image from there.
    schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
    Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.

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    Does .DS_Store really hold folder view info??

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    Thanks. Is there some sort of "reset to default" somehow? To bring a window completely back to its default? Maybe a trick via Terminal?

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    Does .DS_Store really hold folder view info??
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    I toggled the invisible files to visible with an AppleScript, created a folder then another inside it, then fiddled with the folders' .DS_Store files that sometimes seem to take forever before they're created. (There's a freeware/donationware Invisibles app on versiontracker that does it, too.)

    It appears that the DS_Store file in the encompassing folder controls the view of the nested folder. (Unless I screwed something up. But I did it twice.)

    I changed the nested folder's view to List, then trashed its Store file and logged out and in. Nothing happened. So I did the same thing with the encompassing folder, and when I logged back in, it was the nested folder that had returned to the default Icon view.

    But logging out was a race against time. If the Store file sometimes takes forever to be created, when I didn't want it to reappear, it was created as soon as I trashed the original.

    If you try this, it might be easier to into the keyboard preferences and set an F key to logout so you can hit it immediately after trashing the Store file.

    You probably could read the .DS_Store file by opening it with TextEdit.

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