Forum Question: How To Bring Every New Finder Window To Appear Without the List Of File Names Eclipsed?

I open a new Finder window and have to resize the view so that each file name is completely spelled out. Lion doesn’t recognize previous OS X Command + tick-the-column-bar option which would expand the column to make the files in any folder window readable. Are there any shortcuts to preserve a Finder window settings in this regard? Preserve in the sense where after closing a prefered folder window with fully expanded and readable set of file names, and then after closing this window I want to open it and have it immediately presented with readable file names as before. I always have to resize every Finder window to read file name extensions.
The boys and girls at Cupertino obviously have not recognized this a problem and sought remedy since …? What was it? Puma? :)

Comments: 6 Responses to “How To Bring Every New Finder Window To Appear Without the List Of File Names Eclipsed?”

    2/16/12 @ 10:32 am

    So I open a Finder window with Command+N. I adjust the window size. I close the window. I open another Funder window with Command+N. The new window is the same size as the old one — the size I adjusted it to.
    Same thing is try of the column widths in list view. In column view, I noticed that I need to Option+drag the columns to get them to stick the next time.
    Which view are you using? Icon? List? Column?
    What do you observe when you repeat my steps above?

    2/16/12 @ 12:15 pm

    Option+drag to resize the column is what I was looking for. Resizing the folder view in column mode and then after closing the window to reopen a future window with the same perspective, ie with all listed file names of a folder spelled out and not scrunched with ellipse, is not default in Finder for some strange reason. Is there some command you know of I could throw into Terminal which would have any Finder window display the list of untruncated file names in column view? Apple’s default setting for a New Window display in Finder is not wanted.

    Thanks Gary. A great website. Very informative podcasts. For sure I’ll have to find time in the future to peruse through the different subjects of more intently.

      2/16/12 @ 12:28 pm

      I don’t know of a Terminal command to adjust this. But here is another thing. Option+double click on the line separating columns and the column size will snap to the exact size of the longest file name.

        2/16/12 @ 1:54 pm

        That’s the Tiger command I’d forgotten. Thanks

    2/16/12 @ 12:39 pm

    Option+drag also establishes the size of children folders to be the same column width as the parent folder. Why Apple didn’t make this window view default is odd.

    Thanks again

    3/8/12 @ 7:11 pm

    I have folder windows with the files set with Arrange By Application . And with this window view the “Option+double click the line separating the columns” doesn’t function as when window files are arranged by Name. So place the window of files to Arrange By Name first, and then back to Arrange by Application after resizing the view of file names.

    Freakin’ Apple engineers. :)

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