Long(ish!) files names in Finder are driving me UP THE WALL!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by justaregularjoe, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

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    Got a MBP recently, loving it. Completely.

    But finder is driving me crazy, with a file name such as "Star Wars - Episode I - The Phantom Menace" displaying as "Star ...ace.avi". :mad: (see attached image.) The only way to see the entire file name is to increase the icon size dramatically (see image #2), or to increase the grid spacing dramatically. In Windows, the next row is bumped down slightly by one row of text at a time to display the full file name, AND without displaying the file extension.

    Is there anyway to enable such "smarter" handling of "long" file names in Finder as well as a global switch for disabling file extensions from being shown? (Note: For the second issue, toggling "Finder>Preferences>Advanced>Show all filename extensions" does NOT work, even for folders on the local hard drive, let alone my externals.

    Thanks for the read and any help you can offer.
     

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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Change the way to view them
     

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  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Long file names + icon view = fail.

    Use List View.
     

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  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Make sure you only have that folder in List View. Otherwise you get everything in List View.
     
  5. justaregularjoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm. Both helpful. List view looks great, but how do you disable the blue-white-blue-white for every item like the image in miles01110's post?
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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