I am trying to change the default size of my icons and their grid spacing as was asked in this question. For whatever reason, my Mac does not have a Use as Defaults box in Show View Options. Do you have any idea why it doesn't or what, if anything, I can do to make it so it does?

I checked the answer given to this similar question, but believe I am already in the correct view, as evidenced below. Any ideas on how I can fix this?

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    Try on a non-dynamic folder such as Downloads or Documents. The 'All My Files" is a dynamic type of folder that changes contents much like a Smart Folder.
    – bjbk
    Aug 5, 2017 at 19:23

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All My Files isn't a folder, it's a special view in Finder. Navigate to a real folder such as your Documents folder and the View Options window will show a Use as Defaults button then.

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    The reported problem though applies to regular folders as well (High Sierra 10.13.6)
    – user776686
    Oct 5, 2018 at 11:36

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