I love the Dock stacks. But I always use the list view option. I don't really fancy the default "Automatic" option. Do you know if it is possible (maybe using the defaults command?) to set the default way to display the content of a Dock stack?

Thanks in advance for your help! :-)

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This would change the style of all stacks to list, but you have to relaunch Dock to apply the changes:

for n in {0..19}; do /usr/libexec/PlistBuddy -c "Set persistent-others:$n:tile-data:showas 3" ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Dock.plist; done 2> /dev/null

You could run it every 8 hours by running EDITOR=nano crontab -e and adding a line like 0 */8 * * * for n in ....

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I haven't seen a option like this. But you can always right click on your stack and select a fixed way to show that specific stack.

Although, maybe you can find this option using this: Secrets. This is a app that gives you a lot of hidden options.

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