How to reset Macintosh OSX Finder widow size to default by deleting all folder window, icon size settings stored in OSX’s default DS_Store file

I was really wondering after long day of work with lots of browsing & navigating to ‘Finder’ files & folders sizing rsizing finder windows continuously for almost last year & two,

How to really get back to OSX’s default window size & reset all finder window size for all files & folders.

Yes you can do it with just one click & small code

TIP: First Back Up your files through Time Machine & then unmount your Time Machine Hard Drive just to keep it safe from code execution. Just incase something goes wrong.

Here is the procedure how to do it:

First Step:

Open ‘Terminal’ App from your Application’s Utilities folder.

Step Two:

Type following code in terminal


sudo find / -name ".DS_Store" -exec rm {} \;

Step Three:

Type your login password after the prompt

After execution of this code is complete ‘Terminal’ app will prompt you with your login name indicating execution is complete.

Hope it helps,

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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  1. Hi Mandar,
    At as of Sierra, this does not reset the font size in list view. Any ideas how that can be done? The font size and icon size being used do not seem to be stored in the .DS_Store files.

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