Enable Hidden Stacks List View

Sep 30, 2009 - 8 Comments


Stacks is nice but it has long needed a scrollable list view option… well it actually has one it’s just hidden! Here’s how to enable the Stacks list view, which is now my new favorite way to use Stacks. Launch the Terminal and type the following commands:

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES
killall Dock

Now when you right-click (control-click) a Stacks icon in the Dock, you’ll see “List” as an option. Try it out, it’s pretty great! If you want to disable the new list style and revert to the old one, type the following:

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool NO
killall Dock

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Posted by: William Pearson in 10.6, Command Line, Customize, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Luke says:

    this isn’t entirely true. the list option already exists prior to running the command, however, after the command, the list behaves differently

  2. Mike says:

    I don’t know why, but even w/ 10.5 Leopard I had a list view if I right clicked on the stack. In fact, I hated stacks till I found out I could change it to always be a list when I first got my new MbP. 10.6’s scrollable grid stack, and the charcoal UI for it is much nicer than what 10.5 had though. Still, I’ve always been able to do lists for stacks…

  3. Luke and Mike are right, list view has always existed, this just enables a more “Snow-leopard-like” list view. I get a pretty weird effect when I click on a subfolder of a stack though.

  4. gres says:

    I tried this on 10.6.1
    It changes the font to a larger one – nice.
    The highlight gone – not nice.
    The ability to side-expand folders gone – not nice.
    I am back to the default “List” option.

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  6. Mink says:

    how do i get back to my default list view? :(

  7. Rob says:

    Awesome! Passing this tip around! :) Thanks!

  8. jji7skyline says:

    Just to tell you that this was implemented in Lion OSX :)

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