I'm a very new user of Apple and Mac OS - coming straight from Windows so please bear with me if my question is a bit foolished.

I'm looking for a way to set my View Option as a default property applying for all folders on my system. I've google this and every answer I'm getting points that I need to press the button "Use as Defaults" in the View Options windows.

Unfortuneately and strangely I do not have that button. I press CMD+J and I've the option to set all my View properties but no button.

I've attached a screenshot of my View Option panel and hopefully it shows it correctly, I couldn't quite figure how to make a screenshot either :-)


View Options Panel

  • Screenshot is cmd+shift+4 (that will give you a cursor to select the area)
    – Ruskes
    Apr 23, 2013 at 8:14
  • View Options is Only in Finder!
    – Ruskes
    Apr 23, 2013 at 8:17

1 Answer 1


Here is the simple reason:

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You are in this view and it does not have the Default, it is already default.

Switch to list view to set the defaults for it.

  • Ah that's annoying.. I really like the column view setting but want it to filter and sort it first by kind and then by name but I guess I would have to set this manually for each new folder I'm in.. But thank you so much for your answer :-)
    – Mestika
    Apr 23, 2013 at 11:44
  • @Mestika, you can still sort them by your desire using the ACTION.
    – Ruskes
    Apr 23, 2013 at 12:06

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