Windows 10: Windows Explorer List view columns are too wide - can they be adjusted

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional
       18 Dec 2017 #1

    Windows Explorer List view columns are too wide - can they be adjusted


    I have Windows Explorer set to a “List” view. In one particular folder all of the filenames are the same length, i.e. 7 characters. The File name extension box is not checked. After a recent Windows 10 upgrade the list view columns are very wide. There is lots of unused space between the columns and not all files are listed unless the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom is used. Previously all files could be displayed in a window of a given size. Can the width of the list view columns be adjusted?
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  2. Posts : 5,510
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       18 Dec 2017 #2

    dexhiker said: View Post
    Can the width of the list view columns be adjusted?
    Welcome to TenForums @dexhiker,

    Yes, hover your mouse over the light grey vertical line between the names of the columns and you can click-and-drag them to any desired width.

    Another way is to right-click anywhere on the column titles and select 'Size All Columns to Fit'.
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  3. Posts : 4,451
    Mac OS Sierra
       18 Dec 2017 #3

    Yes, all day long. Just have to specify or do it manually. Otherwise you can just auto adjust all columns. Size All Columns to Fit for Folder in Windows 10 Customization Tutorials
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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter
       18 Dec 2017 #4

    LIST file view does not have column headings.


    In a file LIST view there are no column headings. Therefore there is nothing to adjust.

    I can reproduce the problem with a folder containing 16 files each with file names 5 characters long. If I make the folder window thinner to force multiple columns, the LIST view leaves a wide space between columns. This is under Windows 10 version 1709. It doesn't happen under version 1703, i.e. the LIST view columns are much closer together. I have two computers on different builds of Windows 10 and can see the difference.
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  5. Posts : 4,451
    Mac OS Sierra
       19 Dec 2017 #5

    See the tutorial. Your answer is in there.
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  6. Posts : 5,510
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       19 Dec 2017 #6

    bro67 said: View Post
    See the tutorial. Your answer is in there.
    Not for the List view it isn't. That tutorial says it's only for the Details view...

    When you are using a details layout view for items in a folder to be displayed in columns, you can change the width of all columns to fit their contents....
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  7.    28 Dec 2017 #7

    Hello TenForums members! I have the issue as Bree. Since last update (1709), my columns are fatter with useless space between them. I have made a screenshot to explain:
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    Before, the space in red wasn't there and all columns fitted very well! If someone has an information on how to change this (maybe with a registry modification), I'd be glad to know. Thanks!
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  8. Posts : 840
    Windows 10 Professional
       28 Dec 2017 #8

    If you're an advanced Windows user, look up Windows Metrics online. I am not sure if there's an option in there that can fix that (maybe someone else knows), but do some research on that, and see if you can find anything that states an option in there that could possibly adjust that spacing.
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  9.    28 Dec 2017 #9

    I think the way it works is that the columns are set to fully accommodate the folder with the longest name, so that name is shown in its entirety.

    I've examined a couple of folders containing files and folders with long names, and in both cases whilst some file names are not fully displayed, the longest folder name is.

    @Homme Crabe - is that what you observe?

    But now I've tried this a few times, I realise that actually it's more complex. Whether you see the list view spaced like that depends on your route to viewing the same folder in list view. Thus I can see two different spacings for the same folder in list view depending on what view preceded it:
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  10.    28 Dec 2017 #10

    bro67 said: View Post
    See the tutorial. Your answer is in there.
    Funny how people see list view and somehow read details view. There is a difference...
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