By default, the Finder always saves the last scroll position in folders and restores it when these folders are opened again later.

How can I disable this feature? I want all folders to always open in the Finder scrolled from the beginning. High Sierra is installed.

  • This is not only a problem in 10.13 but also 10.12. Finder keeps remembering an horizontal scroll offset, which is really annoying.
    – F Lekschas
    Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 23:19

1 Answer 1


I found the answer here. In summary:

  1. Open com.apple.finder.plist in ~/Library/Preferences (Check here if you don't know how to edit this file)
  2. Locate StandardViewSettings > ListViewSetting and set scrollPositionY (or scrollPositionX) set to 0. (Note, there are other setting where the scroll position pops up so it depends a little bit where you experience the problem)
  3. Save that preference
  4. Restart the finder: hold down the option key and do a right-click on the Finder's icon in the dock and choose Relaunch.
  • Unfortunately, it does not help. I have all the «scrollPositionY» values in «.plist» file already equal to zero — obviously, this setting only affects the Finder scrolling position by default, when a particular folder has never been opened. Commented Mar 10, 2018 at 5:52

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