Forum Question: Full File Name on Desktop

Is there a way to get the full file name to show on Desktop files?

— john forstall

Comments: 6 Responses to “Full File Name on Desktop”

    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

    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.

    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:

    Here is the abbreviation shown on Desktop:

      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

    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.

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