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File Explorer Columns - Change Width in Windows 8

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    File Explorer Columns - Change Width in Windows 8

    File Explorer Columns - Change Width in Windows 8
    How to Change the Width of Columns in Windows 8 File Explorer
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    01 Oct 2012
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    How to Change the Width of Columns in Windows 8 File Explorer


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    Columns display a wide variety of details about files in a folder or library in File explorer. For example, name, date modified, type, size, etc..... Columns are only available when using Details view in File Explorer.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the width of columns and "size columns to fit" in File Explorer to what you like in Windows 8.

    Note   Note

    • In Libraries, column width changes are applied to all included folders in the library.
    • In File Explorer, column changes are only applied to that specific folder and the specific location it was opened from (ex: shortcut vs File Explorer), and will not be applied to any other folder unless Apply to Folders is used, or it is used to set a default view for all folders.






    OPTION ONE
    To "Size Column to Fit" or "Size All Columns to Fit" in File Explorer

    1.
    Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To "Size Column to Fit" in File Explorer

    NOTE: This option allows you to have the displayed file details to be automatically sized to fit within a single selected column in the opened folder or library.

    A) Right click on the column name (ex: Size) that you want to size, and click/tap on Size Column to Fit. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    3. To "Size All Columns to Fit" in File Explorer
    NOTE: This option allows you to have the displayed file details to be automatically sized to fit within all columns in the opened folder or library.

    A) Click/tap on the View tab, and click/tap on Size all columns to fit in the Ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    OR

    B) Right click anywhere on the column bar, and click/tap on Size All Columns to Fit. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    4.
    When finished, you might also would like to change the order of any added columns to what you want as well.






    OPTION TWO
    To Set Pixel Width of Columns in File Explorer

    1.
    Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Click/tap on the View tab, click/tap on Add columns and Choose columns in the Ribbon, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Right click anywhere on the column bar, click/tap on More, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Under Details, select (highlight) a column (ex: Type or #) that you want to change the width of, then enter how many pixels wide you want the selected column to be. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Only the checked details display for the items within columns in this folder or library in File Explorer.

    • # column - Can be set between 40-999 pixels wide.
    • All other columns - Can be set between 80-999 pixels wide.


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    5. Repeat step 4 for any other columns that you want to change the width of. When finished, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

    6. When finished, you might also would like to change the order of any added columns to what you want as well.






    OPTION THREE
    To Manually Drag Column Borders to Set Width in File Explorer

    1. Move and hover the pointer over the border line to the right of the column name (ex: Date modified) on the column bar that you want to change the width of until it turns into a cross with double horizontal arrows. (see screeshot below step 2)

    2. Left click and hold, then drag the border of the column to the left and right to adjust it's width to what you would like it to be. Release left click when finished adjusting width. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    3. When finished, you might also would like to change the order of any added columns to what you want as well.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Hi
    Great tutorial thanks.

    How do I apply this setting to all files, folders, drives on my computer?

    I want the "Name" column changed from the factory default of 422 to 700 pixels I want this change to affect anything connected to my computer or viewed by my computer.

    Thanks.

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    Hello Werner, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could use the tutorial below to set it that way, then apply to all folders.

    Folder View - Set a Default for all Folders in Windows 8
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