Setting the default column size in Mac OS X Finder windows

Mar 25, 2010 - 9 Comments

The Mac OS X Finder’s column view is really handy, but unless you set the default column width, anytime you launch a new Finder window the columns size will be reset. Changing this behavior is very simple, hold down the Option key while dragging the columns to your desired width/size, and this will become the new default.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS X


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  1. Griffiths Clark says:

    It actually worked with command key and not option key for me.

  2. Chris Gummer says:

    Great tip thanks! I also noticed holding down the Option key whilst changing the window size affected the default window size.

  3. Paul Eccles says:

    Best tip ever!

  4. I agreee says:

    Option works fine here… but… what is default? how to reset? commandline writing to a pref file somewhere?

  5. Here here! Great tip—I wonder how much time [and always added frustration] I went through increasing the size for each new window

  6. nebula_1979 says:

    Hi, thank you for all your tips&tricks. I have a problem with Finder, since i didn’t yet figure out how to change default finder window size; i don’t mean the window that appears when you press command+N, but the one that is open when you create a new folder.
    Any suggestion is appreciated.

  7. Danny Michel says:

    yeah, how do we get the default size back?

  8. Scott says:

    Another handy and related tip: Double Click on the Column Sizing Handle to Auto Size to the longest file name.

  9. Sam I Am says:

    >Auto Size to the longest file name.<

    how can this be made the default?


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