Adjust default Finder column width

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    Mhaddy

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    Is it possible to adjust the default width of columns in Finder? As you can see from the attached screenshot, almost all of my file names are too long to fit in the column, and I have to continually resize the width of the column to show everything. It's a major pain in the butt! Thanks.
     

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    epochblue

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    Those lines at the bottom of each column divider can be dragged around to change the width of the column to the left of the divider, but whether the new width is remembered, I'm not sure.
     
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    Mhaddy

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    That's what I was referring to -- I can resize the columns via those lines (or double clicking on them) but Finder does not remember the new width.
     
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    iSee

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    Yeah, I would love it if the Finder remembered the last width I set a column to on a per folder basis (That is, each folder could specify the wdth of the column used to browse its children so that the width of the right-most column doesn't jump around as the selection on the current column changes.)
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    I think if you hold option while dragging the column it will remember your setting.
     
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    Mhaddy

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    Oh my goodness, that did it! Thank you *so* much! :D
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    Yes it is possible! Hold down the option key and trag the column to the width you want it and then let go. That's all.
     
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    Bump!

    I am loving Google and MacRumors right now. Option-Drag: one of uncountable reasons to love Apple. ES&D, MS. :)
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Finder column width template

    Thank you all for the OPTION key advice.
     
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    GefLiz

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    Even Better Column Control

    If you hold down "Control" key
    Hover over foot of a column.
    Right-Click

    You'll get the option of changing individual column sizes FOR THAT SESSION. Next opening you are back to the widths set when you used Control Drag described above(which makes all columns adjust equally.)

    I hope someone can refine this advice so that individually sized columns will be remembered.
     
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    T'hain Esh Kelch

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    You are from now on my my best friend. Ever!
     
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    Theappmachine

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    ... ad if you double click those 2 vertical lines the column gets the exact size of the longest file name ;)
     
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    xgman

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    does this also work on the sidebar width? If you use a cache cleaner like snow lep cache cleaner, will it clear all theses settings?
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    On snow leopard its the alt key that now does the trick. Option key doesnt' work for me
     
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    I am trying to get this to work. I want to the size of the columns to stay the same obviously, but I am running into the trouble that when I hold the CONTROL button, all the columns adjust together. I tried what you mentioned above - holding down control and right clicking for more options - but I can't seem to find the right option to let me do this. I am working on an older OS, 10.4.11 to be exact, but I don't think this should be a problem. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
     
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    Oh my gosh, I swear this just saved me HOURS over the next year of my job adjusting the window so I can see the whole names of the projects I'm working on. Thank you, Apple... Thank you.
     
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    wrldwzrd89

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    Can anyone verify if option-double clicking a column autosizes it AND tells Finder to remember the new setting? If this works it'll save me hours of frustration.
     
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    You, my friend, are a Godlike Being.
     
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    Google and MacRumors to the rescue. THANKS!
     
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    + 1

    best kept secret evaahh! ty.
     
  21. macrumors newbie

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    xtrafinder

    The whole adjust column thing always really annoyed me, but I finally found a great solution today. It's a free app called Xtrafinder, and it gives you so many different options to customise your finder window, including automatically adjusting column widths to file/folder names. Yay! :) It also allows tabbed browsing and a dual window option.
    It seems to be an add-on to the original finder app, and you can adjust the preferences via the finder menu.
    Finder>xtrafinder>preferences.
    Hope this helps!
    http://www.trankynam.com/xtrafinder/
    Cheers!
     
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    John Greer

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    Is there a way to get the LIST VIEW (⌘2) to remember column sizes?
     
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