Nautilus: How to shrink very wide Name column?

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Mon Apr 16 13:05:20 UTC 2012

On 04/16/2012 03:54 AM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 14 April 2012 16:16, Colin Law<clanlaw at>  wrote:
>> To replicate my problem, in Ubuntu 11.10 or 12.04, open nautilus and
>> switch to List View.  Expand the Name column by dragging the column
>> divider.  Now shrink the window width so there is not room for the
>> complete name column width.  The question is how to shrink the Name
>> column again without making the window wider.  I suspect I am missing
>> something obvious.
>> This can be a real problem as the column resizes automatically on
>> entry to a folder so if the folder contains very long file names so it
>> may be difficult to increase the window width enough.
> Any suggestions anyone?
> Colin

I'm on 10.04 so my observations may not be valid.  When I do what you 
outline a scrollbar becomes visible at the bottom and I can scroll to 
the right and then grab a column border and resize. Also when I open a 
folder with long file names the folder does not expand the file name is 
truncated with ellipses on the end of the name.

Regards,  Jim

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