all folders to display in list view.
the next few months we've got plenty of tips for Apple's new Mac
OS X Tiger. Before installing the upgrade, read Tip
#39 with thoughts about when to install.]
is an answer to a long-standing Mac OS X question: "How can
I change all folders on my work drive to show in list view?"
tip also serves as an introduction to Mac OS X Tiger's new Automator
utility. Automator streamlines and simplifies the process of scripting
repetitive tasks on your computer. This tip is a simple example
of some of the things Automator can do.
1: Open the new Automator application.
is found in Mac OS X 10.4's Applications folder. By default, Automator
will open up with a new untitled workflow window.
2: Drag a folder, hard drive, or server into the workflow window.
technique works with folders on your local computer as well as
shared servers. Drag a folder, drive or server into the blank
workflow window (where it says "drag or add action here".)
This adds an action to the workflow window called "Get Specified
Finder Items" with your folder already selected.
3: Add the action called "Set Folder Views"
Automator look under Finder actions for an action called "Set
Folder Views." Drag this action to your workflow below your
folder from Step 2. Pick your favorite view settings. Make sure
to click the checkbox that says "Apply changes to sub-folders".
Step 4: Click Automator's run button.
run button is in the upper right corner of the screen. Automator
will go through all the folders in your selected drive or server
and set them to the same view. The process will take a couple
of minutes -- more if you have a lot of folders.
Consultant Kyle Pauley. Read more about Automator
on the Apple Website.]
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