Windows 10: How do I get Explorer to apply 'size all columns to fit' globally?


  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64-bit (home use) (includes Anniversary update)
       31 Dec 2017 #1

    How do I get Explorer to apply 'size all columns to fit' globally?


    I've just bought a new laptop with Windows 10.

    For all my subfolders within the Documents folder, I've set Explorer to display the information as 'Details'. Is there any way of telling it to apply the 'size all columns to fit' option for every subfolder? I know how to do this for a particular subfolder but this would be an extremely tedious process if I do it individually for every subfolder. It seems to me there ought to be a way of doing this globally for any subfolders of a folder for which the 'Details' option has been set for displaying the information.

    Hope someone can help!
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  2.    31 Dec 2017 #2

    BruceUK said: View Post
    I've just bought a new laptop with Windows 10.

    For all my subfolders within the Documents folder, I've set Explorer to display the information as 'Details'. Is there any way of telling it to apply the 'size all columns to fit' option for every subfolder? I know how to do this for a particular subfolder but this would be an extremely tedious process if I do it individually for every subfolder. It seems to me there ought to be a way of doing this globally for any subfolders of a folder for which the 'Details' option has been set for displaying the information.

    Hope someone can help!
    Hello @BruceUK , welcome to tenforums! :)

    You can't set 'Size All Columns to Fit' globally, so to speak.
    You are telling Explorer to apply that view, (size of columns), to all folders of that viewing type, when there might be other folders that have items with longer names.
    You need to choose a maximum size, that you think would be sufficient, by dragging the headers manually, then apply that to all folders of that viewing type.

    Note:
    You can't apply this global attribute in Libraries. They may retain the chosen size, set at the 'parent folder' level.
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  3.    31 Dec 2017 #3

    As I remember, there are about five "categories" of folders (=pictures, movies, documents, etc) and you can customise the layout of each one and set it as a default for all folders of that type.

    This doesn't autofit the column width for each folder, but it allows you to set a preferred setting for column contents, order, _width_ etc and then apply that to every other folder of that 'type'.


    To do this, go to a folder (such as "Music") then go:

    View > Options > Tab "View" > Apply to folders

    this should then apply those column widths etc to all folders that microsoft designates as "Music".

    Repeat for "Documents", "Video", etc.


    ....


    But it doesn't autofit the column widths - it's not exactly what you were asking for. If you want/need to set optimum column widths per _individual_ folder, you can speed it up with the following shortcut keystrokes:

    alt; v ; z3; sf

    ---


    I seem to remember Win XP remembering the exact setting for each and every folder.

    It seems like "progress" has a different meaning in microsoft towers....


    more:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...omize-a-folder
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  4.    01 Jan 2018 #4

    Welcome


    Welcome to the forum :)

    I went looking for the same thing a while back and found no 'perfect' solution, now I have put the Size all columns to fit icon on the Explorer Quick Access Toolbar which makes it just one click to resize

    • View Tab Ribbon
    • Right click on Size all columns to fit
    • Select Add to Quick Access Toolbar

    Tip: If you are going to be using Details view with Size all columns to fit it will be difficut to find empty space to right click on so I suggest you add any frequently used right click items (like New Folder) to the Quick Access Toolbar also but not Delete because it is too easy to make a mistake

    Good luck :)
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 64-bit (home use) (includes Anniversary update)
    Thread Starter
       01 Jan 2018 #5

    Thanks very much for the replies.

    I'll try adding an icon to the Quick Access Toolbar for it - that sounds worth doing anyway. It does seem that there is no complete solution to what I was asking, but these suggestions are all helpful.
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  6.    01 Jan 2018 #6

    @BruceUK

    In the span of about 10 minutes, you could achieve what you want:

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