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Old Nov 28th, 2020, 05:11 PM   #1
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Folder View Options Not Sticking

Sorry for the long winded post, but I want to be very clear about my predicament.

My question refers to this page.

Change view options in the Finder on Mac
You can customize any of the views in the Finder—Icon, List, Column, or Gallery—to suit your preferences. For example, you can change the text size of file names and, in some views, change the size of file icons.

Specifically this option.
Select Icon view options: Change the icon size, grid spacing, text size, and more.

I'm having problems with my preferences not sticking for certain folders.

This is happening on three Macs.

The problem first showed up about a year ago, maybe as recent as last January.

This started with Catalina.

I'm now using the most recent Big Sur.

I've performed general restarts, safe starts, reinstalls, all three variations of Disk utility (The app, recovery, and internet recovery), zapped the PRAM, and reset the SMC, countless times. I've even tried with a new administrator. But with the same problem happening on three Macs, I highly doubt the administrator account was corrupted the same time, on every computer.

I have made at least three postings to Apples' Support Communities since the first of the year, asking for assistance about the problem. The answers were basically not at all helpful, to being extremely vague. They came from the high level members, never from the low level members. It was as if, others weren't having the same problem as I was having, or they simply didn't care if their folder view prefs didn't stick.

I've also preformed countless web searches. I did find a few instances, but they were about ten years old. I don't recall reading anything recent, from others that are having the same problem.

I have left plenty of comments at the bottom of help page, asking for clarification as to what folders, view options aren't meant to stick.

The problem remains, or has happened, on these folders. Or perhaps they are correctly called, finder windows.

Macintosh HD (The folder that shows the folders for the Applications, Library, System, Users)

Applications folder, occasionally.

Folders within the applications folder, it used to be always, but appears to be okay for the time being. Interestingly, folders within these folders always kept my view prefs.

Utilities folder, occasionally.

Library folder, view options never stick. And neither do my viewing prefs stick with any of the folders within.

System folder, view options never stick. And neither do my viewing prefs stick with any of the folders within.

Users folder, view options never stick. And neither do they stick for the other user (Administrator), and the shared folder. My preferred view options remain intact for the folders within the shared folders. The folders within the other user (Administrator) folder also do not stick, but that my be a given.

The view options for the logged in user (Administrator) always stick, as with every other folder within.

So, what I'm asking is, are the problems that I'm having with my folder view preferences not sticking, normal or not?

If they aren't normal, what if any, are the fixes?
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