#222 Double-click a column header in Windows Explorer enhancemen


I am discussing the Details view available within Windows Explorer.

Currently it will only expand a column (When double clicking between column headers such as Name, Size, Type Date Modified etc.) to fully display the longest file name currently visible. The only exception to this rule is that it will always expand to fully display the name of the currently selected item regardless of it being in view or not (If a longer file name is simultaneously visible then it will still expand to fully display that).

A demonstration of wtf I am talking about is viewable here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=608UJ5zbIdA

My suggestion: Change it so that it always expands the column to display the full name of the file with the longest name in the folder regardless of that files visibility or whether it is selected or not.


  • Franpa

    Franpa - 2012-10-06

    The goal is to replace multiple seemingly illogical behaviors of a particular mechanic (Majority of which I personally dislike) with a single predictable, totally logical and almost universally helpful behavior.

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2012-10-07

    There is one limitation in Vista/7/8 that wasn't there in XP that if a file with a long name wasn't in view (was there at the very bottom of the list), still double clicking the column edge would expand the column to that file name's length. Vista/7/8 only adjust the column width for whatever files are in view.

  • Franpa

    Franpa - 2012-10-07

    I hadn't but what of it? I find how it behaves under Vista dn Windows 7 to be far less intuitive and much more annoying as it means I have to first find the file with the longest name in order to do what I always did under XP and older. Imagine doing that for all folders! And then if you change the contents of the folder you may once again have to scroll around to reapply the change.

    Both of those things can be accomplished without ever needing to scroll through and navigate the contents of the folder first under XP and older!

    It is however a minor annoyance as there is a work around to the issue, change the default width of the Name column to be ridiculously wide.

  • xpclient

    xpclient - 2012-10-18

    If it's any consolation, I created a button on the Classic Explorer toolbar to auto-resize all columns to fit. Just click it once when you want all columns resized. Download it from https://www.dropbox.com/s/9amse94cdikusr0/SizeAllColumnsToFitWhenRun.exe . Note that it's created with AutoHotkey and Windows Defender/Microsoft Security Essentials nearly hang Windows and consume massive amounts of CPU when they come across any AutoHotkey compiled EXE script.

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-11-23
    • status: open --> closed
    • milestone: --> none

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