"Size all columns to fit" by default

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  • Hello.
    In any window if the view is set to Details there are columns in it of course. Almost all the time they are not as wide to see all the content in each of it.
    "Size all columns to fit" option is very handful in this situation, BUT it's too annoying to do it in each folder.

    Is there a way to set this option by default? When I open any window with Details view, or change a view in already opened windowed to Details view - all columns will be automatically set to fit their content.
    • Changed type Linda Yan Monday, October 05, 2009 8:31 AM
    Friday, October 02, 2009 9:45 AM

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  • Hi SergSlim,


    Please click Organize -> Folder and search options -> View tab -> Apply to Folders button -> OK.


    Then, the settings will be applied to all folders. :-)





    Monday, October 05, 2009 6:02 AM
  • Nope, that does not help. There are still folders that have cut columns.
    Monday, October 05, 2009 8:05 AM
  • I would clasify the inability to "Size all columns to fit" by default as one of the mayor annoyances in Windows 7 / Vista. It's a distraction and causes a loss in productivity.

    MS, please fix it permanently.

    Thank you.

    Sunday, October 11, 2009 1:48 PM
  • Well, Folks ...

    The inability to have the "details" windows explorer view default to "Size All Columns To Fit" was an enormous oversight and usability problem for any of us that like to use this detailed windows explorer view.  Since MS never addressed the mising function in Vista, I assumed that it was too big a change for Vista (even for an outsider to create a "patch" or someone to find a register modification), but that good old MS would come through for us in Windows 7.  After all, complaints about this particular usability issue have been pasted all of the internet (both inside and outside of MS' stuff) ever since Windows came out having the "Size All Columns To Fit" option.

    Well, MS blew it.  After the time that Windows 7 betas and RC's have been out now, it is now clear that the entire user community has not figured out how to set this windows explorer detail option by default. I haven't either, and I've really searched for the option.  How could anyone have thought that MS would have just ignored this (probably trivial) code change/enhancement/thingie for this long of time.  The continuation of this problem past Vista is just F...... unbelievable ... how could they have ignored the thousands of folks who have made this an issue and not provided the needed function.  It's just beyond me.  It is obvious that they are NOT listening to what we users want.

    That's, I suppose, now why I'm going with OpenOffice.  I've been a fan of Office for years, but I really had second thoughts after I spent my good money on Office 7 and found that I had to learn a completely new user interface.  They could have, at least, made the new interface OPTIONAL.  But they didn't.

    Anyway, I've tried OpenOffice now, and it does everything that Office did (that I use, anyway) and I certainly like it better.  If OpenOffice behaves like Thunderbird, FireFox and other open software efforts, they will end up being MUCH more stable and usable than MS's Office ... And cheaper, too.  And the
    best thing about these "open software" efforts is that people listen to the user's requests for changes, and if you're a programmer, you can even make your own changes and install your personal changes in a regimented and documented manner, allowing future updates.

    Anyway, this is probably the last Window Version I'm going for.  It's just too painful.  With Win 7, I no longer have the same start menu customizations that I've had for years ... and I don't like it.  Now, if someone will just start a OpenSoftware "NewWindows", I could really go for it.

    Boo, Microsoft.

    Sunday, November 22, 2009 10:55 PM
  • It's called linux
    Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:26 PM
  • It doesn't help at all! The view setting are still the same for other folders.
    Sunday, December 19, 2010 3:25 AM
  • See this for an explanation of the feature. It has been investigated by the Windows team and works the way it does for good reason.
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:22 AM
  • Wondering about the good reason?  I can understand not wanting the re-sizing, it might not fit. But, you could give a "max size for the field" and it only would expand to that width with the user set of standards within options section.  It does not have to auto re-size constantly, just when the page is changed to a new location or refreshed.  Instead, we hardcore users, have to re-size all columns so many times a day that it is well worth mentioning.  Maybe the default could be toggled by the user, on or off,  if it is unwanted.  I would love the options.  I would guess that i select it about 25 to 100 times a day while viewing files and moving things. There is always more than one answer other than yes or no.  

    I just found the CTRL and the + key together when focused on the file explorer right window page will auto resize the columns.  depending on which you prefer, the right click and select or use the CTRL + you can do the job. 

    • Edited by GJB-Tech Monday, August 31, 2015 11:50 PM found more info
    Monday, August 31, 2015 8:54 PM

    Sunday, March 20, 2016 1:33 AM
  • I may have some very good news for some of you.  You want to use Details View and are tired of constantly resizing folders of differing widths and don't want to have to use Control_+ (+ on numeric keypad) each time as there is no way of reverting that action. 

    Here is the solution that I've been using in XP and forgot about it when using Win7 till just now.  Sure you can use List view but that tells us nothing and when you're organizing stuff you need Details View.  The key is to drag the columns so the columns that do NOT change size much (like Type, Date Created or Modified, Size, etc) to the left.  Because the width of one column affects the others.  Finally move the Name column to the far right because that column's size changes the most.  Drag the width marker of the Name column to the far right of your screen.  Set Apply to all Folders in the View settings and watch the magic.  After a few drags to get the column widths at the necessary distance you'll find this a good solution.  The only solution I have read so far online.  After getting so much help online it feels great to finaly contribute.  :)
    Sunday, May 22, 2016 4:04 PM
  • Brilliant creative thinking considering the dire circumstances. Thank you dude.
    Friday, July 01, 2016 8:39 AM
  • My first reaction was "nooo I want the name Firirrrst". But after being convinced there was no other answer except somehow ending Microsoft arrogance (fat chance), I tried it on my WIN 10 machine.

    I LOVE "Love XP"'s workaround. It is indeed simply brilliant and so brilliantly simple I'm going to spend forever wondering "why didn't I think of that?"

    Thank you.!

    • Edited by Eureeka Monday, July 04, 2016 12:34 AM
    Monday, July 04, 2016 12:32 AM
  • I think what is missing in many of of the solutions here is that you must make the changes to each folder type, such as document, pictures, music and videos etc. for the view settings to be applied to all folders of a particular type.    While it is not an auto-size per say, once you set the view for each type once, all folders of that same type will have the same view settings such as icon, list and details (column widths) etc.

    For instance, if you want all music folders to be displayed in a particular fashion, open a music folder, set it exactly the way you want all of your music folders to be displayed, and then go to view, options view and select Apply to all folders and answer yes to "Do you want all folders of this type to match this folders setting" and all folders of that particular type will then match that folders setting.  

    I set my details filename width wide enough to handle 95% of all filenames, and can live with just hovering over the few that are longer if needed.

    Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:50 PM