number of characters that fit without showing (....)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wie Gehts, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    Howdy.

    This had been making me kookoo. It seems that sometimes I can name a file or a folder with many words/characters and it'll show up entirely underneath and sometimes I'll use less but it'll abbreviate by using periods.

    For example, it may show as: My dog is a very nice dog

    or it may show as: My dog is....ce dog

    Anyone know why?

    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It uses the ellipsis when it can't fit the entire filename in the column.
     
  3. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, I don't get ya. :confused:

    As icons, list or columns, I don't see any (). Besides, this is not what I'm talking about. :D
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you can post a screen shot of what you're referring to, it would help.
     
  5. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    The ellipsis is the technical name for the set of dots "..." that you referred to.

    Unrelated but funny story: A friend of mine set her Facebook status to something like "Jane is rebooting her brain after a long and stressful day." Thanks to the wonders of cropping, everyone saw her in the Facebook chat window as "Jane is rebooting her bra..." :D
     
  6. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought parenthesis in lieu of ellipses. I think I'm part time dyslexic! :eek:

    My bad... sorry

    So why the "..." sometimes and fully written out other times?

    Oh, and in icon view, not list or columns.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As I explained, it's used when there's not enough room to fit the whole name, such as when a column in Finder is too small. Resize a Finder column and you'll see it happen as you move the size.
     
  8. Menge macrumors 6502a

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    You can make Finder show more characters when in icon view by decreasing the font size or increasing the grid spacing (Leopard only).

    To do this, press Cmd+J and change the text size to something like 11pt or increase the grid size. I have my fonts set to 11pt and it fits quite a lot of text before getting ellipsis.

    Another alternative is to enable the Path Bar (View > Show Path Bar)in Finder so that when you click a file the Path Bar shows the whole filename (in most cases).
     
  9. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm on Tiger, thanks

    ggjstudios, I appreciate it but I'm I'm only talking about icon view.

    As I say, you got a folder, for ex, sitting on your desktop. Sometimes I can have it named with many words, and they all show. Sometimes, with less wording, they won't all show. The folder name gets abbreviated with ellipses.
     

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