9/13/109:14 am MacMost Forum Question: Full File Name on Desktop Is there a way to get the full file name to show on Desktop files? Thanks. — john forstall Comments: 6 Responses to “Full File Name on Desktop” Gary Rosenzweig 9/13/10 @ 9:21 am Do you mean with the fire extension? The full file name should show up on the Desktop normally. But if you are talking about adding the file extension, you need to switch to make sure the Finder is the front application. Then choose Finder, Preferences. Go to Advanced. Check “Show all filename extensions” John Forstall 9/13/10 @ 10:25 am Gary, The files on my Desktop (Snow Leopard) do show the extension, but the file names are abbreviated showing first few letters then dots in the middle and the last one or two letters of the name. If I click on Finder>Desktop the full file names appear under folders. Thanks Gary Rosenzweig 9/13/10 @ 10:37 am It does this when the file name is too long. Can you give me an example of a file name that it abbreviates? Also, what version of Mac OS X are you using? John Forstall 9/13/10 @ 12:52 pm I’m using Version 10.6.4. Here is example of an actual file name: finepixS1800_s2500hd_manual_01.pdf Here is the abbreviation shown on Desktop: finepix…_01.pdf John Gary Rosenzweig 9/13/10 @ 1:02 pm That is a pretty long name. But it doesn’t abbreviate for me. The only setting that I can find that will change that is if I change the grid spacing (In Finder, go to View, Show View Options with the Desktop selected). AT maximum grid spacing I see “finepixS1800_s2500hd_manual_01.pdf” and at minimum spacing I see “fin…pdf” — perhaps you are somewhere in between? John Forstall 9/13/10 @ 1:19 pm Gary, That’s it!!! Man I would have never found that on my own. And there’s nothing about that in the books. Thank you very much. John Comments Closed. View all Forum Questions Welcome to MacMostMacMost is brought to you ad-free thanks to its supporters! Learn about the Patreon campaign and find out how you can join Club MacMost! Free MacMost Weekly Newsletter Want all of the new tutorials in your inbox? Sign up for the free weekly newsletter that includes tips, recommendations and news. Learn More From MacMost Online Course: Mac Photos Online Course: macOS Sierra Online Course: Mac iMovie Online Course: Mac Pages Online Course: Mac Numbers Online Course: Mac Keynote Online Course: Mac Security Book: 101 Mac Tips Connect with MacMostSubscribe at iTunes to the MacMost video podcast Check out the free MacMost weekly email newsletter Follow MacMost on Facebook Get updates, news and tips on Twitter Get the free MacMost app for the iPhone and iPad MacMost SectionsA Beginner’s Guide to the Mac Videos by Category Video Archive Top Apple-Related News Apple Rumors All Recent Apple News Virus and Malware Information Center Free iPhone Ringtones iPhone App Recommendations Quick Tips MacMost Online Courses MacMost Recommended Products Popular TutorialsRelative and Absolute Cell References In Numbers Creating Transparent Images With Pixelmator Macmost Now 2: MacBook Mobile Access Finder Hints and Shortcuts iMovie Basics Using the Keynote Presenter Display A Beginner’s Guide to the Red, Yellow and Green Window Buttons Using a Microphone With Your Mac Filling In the Sides of Vertical Video in iMovie Restoring Lost Dock and Finder Items InformationAbout MacMost Support MacMost MacMost Online Courses Contact MacMost MacMost Site Map MacMost Site Policies Copyright © 2006-2017 CleverMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved.