In OSX 10.9.5 my desktop folders re-arrange when a new window is opened. I have "sort by" off. I can arrange my folders and then when I open a new window (not every time) all of the folders will randomly rearrange to avoid the new window. What gives?


Usually this is a corrupt .DS_Store file. Delete it and see if your shaky folder clears up.

In finder - press command + shift + .

Then you can delete the file and revert the setting to show hidden files if you wish to not see them.

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