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I have found OS X's default column width to be a bit too narrow. Is there any way to make it wider?

I know how to resize columns manually, but it's annoying to repeat the process every time I open a new folder. Can I force Finder to "remember" the new column width? Also, if this is possible, can anyone point me toward the official Apple documentation that describes how to do it?

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In column view in the Finder? –  Daniel Dec 27 '11 at 23:06
@Daniel Exactly –  Chris Frederick Dec 27 '11 at 23:22

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In column view in the Finder, you can resize columns by positioning the mouse pointer over over the thin line that separates column panes, and dragging it to the left to make it narrower or to the right to make it wider.

To make the Finder remember the new width, hold down the option key() while dragging the pane separator to the desired width.

The best documentation I can find on this from Apple alludes to the fact that holding down option resizes "all columns at once" but does not explicitly say that this makes the change persistent.

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Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for. I can't believe how non-obvious it is, though. –  Chris Frederick Dec 27 '11 at 23:26
The option key! I keep pressing it in menus just to discover new and hidden features in MacOSX. It's as if I'm on a treasure hunt :) –  gentmatt Dec 28 '11 at 8:32
@Chris if it's exactly what you're looking for, you can accept it as the correct answer so future people with the same problem can more easily find this answer. –  Daniel Dec 30 '11 at 3:26
@Daniel Sorry, I just forgot to come back to this question (I hate accepting answers too quickly). I was also still kind of hoping that someone would provide a link to the official Apple documentation on this, as well. Apple must have documented it somewhere, right? –  Chris Frederick Dec 30 '11 at 5:30
Adding the best Apple documentation I can find. –  Daniel Dec 30 '11 at 16:08

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