Automatic Column Resizing In Windows Explorer

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Okay, so it may not be one of Propellerhead’s most exciting sounding tips but this little-known facility in Windows Explorer — and most Explorer-type dialogue boxes — is well worth remembering. It comes in handy when you need to check the full path or name of a file and the adjacent column obscures it. The usual way to do it is to adjust the column width manually by clicking on a column ‘separator’ and drag it right or left, to make a column wider or narrower, but there’s another way. If you double-click on the separator it will automatically adjust the column width to the longest file name or item in the column to the left.

Here’s another bonus tip especially for Windows newbies. Did you know that you can sort items in columns by clicking on the column headers? For example, to sort folders or files alphabetically double click the Name header, click once and the order is A to Z, click again and it sorts the column Z to A. To arrange or search for files by date click the Date Modified header (once for most recent at the top, twice for oldest at the top), and the same trick works for File Types and any other column headings you see, both in Windows Explorer and most Explorer type dialogue boxes. There are hundreds more great Windows tweaks like this in the PCtoptips archive

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