How to display more character on desktop?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vincentseo, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. vincentseo macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    Hi, I am new to MAC os. It's pretty awesome, except the character limitation on the desktop annoys me and I am scared I'll delete a file by mistake one of these days.

    Anyways to increase the number of characters on the desktop? :confused:

  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
  3. vincentseo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    i meant ....

    Hi, See the screenshot I took:

    The second icon should be worksheet20001.xlsx
    BUT it only shows Work...1.xlsk

    I would like to see the full filename.

    anyway that's possible?

    Thanks, V
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I don't know of a way to make the complete file name actually appear on Desktop files, but if you hold down the Option key and mouse over the file name it will show the full file name in a little popup. HTH
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I don't have to hold down the Option key (OS 10.5.8) to get the yellow box. In fact, that seems to disable the action.

    Another way to see the full name is to click twice (in Icon View at least). Make sure you pause between clicks.

    The other way to reveal the entire name is to increase the grid spacing (Icon View again) in Show View Options.
  6. vincentseo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010

    great ... It works increasing the grid spacing does the trick.

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