Nautilus: How to shrink very wide Name column?

Colin Law clanlaw at
Mon Apr 16 13:23:20 UTC 2012

On 16 April 2012 14:05, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
> 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.
> 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.

Yes, you are right of course, there is a scroll bar.  I have not got
used to the thin popout bars yet.
I think the auto-expanding column widths is a new thing in the version
of nautilus in Precise.  It annoys me I must say.



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