I think I don't need the "Kind" column in list view in Finder. I know I can disable that column by ctrl-clicking on the header and deselecting it.

What I would like to have is the "Kind" column disabled by default, but I don't want list view as the default view in Finder.

Is that possible? Maybe using a Terminal command? (I have googled , but could not find a solution. Only stuff about column widths, with which I am not concerned here.)

Thanks a lot in advance.

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From Finder - View Menu > Show View Options or Cmd ⌘ J

Uncheck 'Kind' & optionally 'Always open in' then click Use as Defaults.
Note this will only affect windows that don't already have a pref set.

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  • Thanks a lot for your answer. Doesn't that make list view the default for all folders? (at least those, that don't have a preference set yet?)
    – Gab
    May 18, 2021 at 19:25
  • It would, hence the word 'optionally'.
    – Tetsujin
    May 19, 2021 at 6:03

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