Nautilus: How to shrink very wide Name column?

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Mon Apr 16 14:46:08 UTC 2012

On 04/16/2012 08:23 AM, Colin Law wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks
> Colin

Though I've tried to get used to it Unity in general annoys me.  The 
popout  bars are just one feature I don't like.

On your version of Nautilus does it save its state when you shutdown? 
Everyday I hit F3 for the double pane and then have to adjust the column 
widths to something useful for me.

Regards,  Jim

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