When I had Lion, I used Houdini to show hidden files and folders. But after I upgraded my OS to Mountain Lion, it seems like Houdini is not working correctly. So I deleted Houdini.

But now it seems like my files and folders in Finder are distorted (see image below). I'm not sure if this because of Houdini or because of Mountain Lion bugs.

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I already tried sort by name, it sorted at the moment. But when I reopened the same folder, the file back distorted.

How can I fix it?

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    A related question at Super User. You could try deleting all .DS_Store files and then setting sorting by name as the default in the view options.
    – Lri
    Aug 6, 2012 at 12:42
  • @LauriRanta Already do it. but not working.
    – GusDeCooL
    Sep 19, 2012 at 11:35

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The files are not "distorted"; they just are not arranged in rows. When you have the files in icon view, you can arrange them however you like.

If you want to have a particular window arranged by name, you can press J to bring up the inspector pane, then select the criteria you want to "sort by"

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  • yes i mean not arranged. sorry for my bad english. Will try it soon. the effect usually back when i restart my mac or idle for some hours.
    – GusDeCooL
    Aug 6, 2012 at 5:48
  • @GusDeCooL I'm not quibbling about your choice of words; my point is that you might not want your icons to look like that, but that isn't broken; it's just arranged in a way that's different than you'd like it to be.
    – Daniel
    Aug 6, 2012 at 12:32
  • No it is broken. before i upgrade to Mountain Lion. There is no problem like this.
    – GusDeCooL
    Aug 7, 2012 at 19:38

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