March 30th, 2006 • 9:42 am
This is a tip that I was completely unaware of, in spite of my years of experience with Mac OS X. So I figure there might be other Mac OS X users who might not be aware of it and might find it useful.
In a Finder window in column view, the file/folder names are often truncated because the columns are not wide enough to display them in full.
You can of course resize columns manually by dragging the little control at the bottom of the column:
If you hold the Option key down at the same time, Mac OS X resizes all columns in the window at the same time. (it used to be the other way around in earlier versions of Mac OS X.)
But did you know that if you double-click on this column resizer, Mac OS X automatically resizes the column to make it just big enough to display all file/folder names in full?
And if you hold the Option key down while you double-click, Mac OS X resizes all columns in the window to make them big enough to display their respective contents in full.
It’s an amazingly useful little shortcut (instead of having to resize columns manually) and I can’t believe I didn’t find out about it before. I found out about it through Owen Linzmayer’s “10 More Things I Hate about Mac OS X” article.