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I'd like to get the same folder view for every folder, that means, to have my stuff being sorted always by type and then by name. is that possible with automator?

Till yet, I set my view via cmd+j (List view, sort it by type and name) and set it as "default". It just sets the view as default for this particular folder. But I'd like to set it for all the subfolders too. When I change the folder, the documents are sorted different and not as I set it as default for the previous folder before...

So I tried to make a workflow with Automator, but it doesn't work. Or I just can't handle this program.

  1. First I clicked on "workflow" (is that right or should I have chosen another icon?)
  2. define the automation: "Get Folder Contents" --> "Sort Finder Items" (Type) --> "Sort Finder Items" (name) --> "Repeat for each subfolder found",

That's how it looks: (sry for the german, but the description is in (2)) enter image description here

--> Or is it possible to do it apart from automator?

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As bmike mentioned, the default settings are not used for folders that have folder-specific settings saved in a .DS_Store file. You can just delete .DS_Store files though:

sudo find / -name .DS_Store -delete; killall Finder
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if I delete them, will new .DS_Store files be created with the settings I have at the actual moment? Or do I have to create thes files then manually? –  Kirinriki Jun 23 '13 at 10:44
Finder will recreate .DS_Store files, but they won't include folder-specific sort by or arrange by modes until you change the modes manually. –  ؘؘؘؘ Jun 23 '13 at 10:58
Just a warning. I ran this command and my computer hung. I rebooted and it went into a kernel panic. I had to reinstall Mavericks. –  RHPT Jul 26 at 19:13

The system design isn't easily amenable to this task.

You can change the default view so that all folders that do not have a customized .DS_Store file to over-ride the default all take your desired default folder view.

You can change each folder's .DS_Store file to have them all use common settings, but since there isn't an API for making atomic changes to a .DS_Store file and it's a binary file format, you'll need some serious low level skills to tweak this. Have you tried just setting up a shell (or better python or perl) script to put a desired .DS_Store file recursively in all the sub folders (and handling aliases and sym-linked folders as you wish) from the target folder?

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Wow, that means I have to go very deep into the system for that... okay... I don't know if I would make it worse or not. I'm not so deep into the shell that I could do anything serious with it. So I better keep it like that :( Thanks for your answer! –  Kirinriki Jun 22 '13 at 14:38
Yes - the design of the system makes this a painful thing to automate. It could be done, but most people just delete all .DS_Store files (or a subset of .DS_Store files) and then set a new default view for the system in this case. –  bmike Jun 22 '13 at 14:48

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