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Why doesn't OS X remember the Size of the Finder window and the size of the columns in Cover flow (or any other) view?

It seems like something very basic that should just be there but it's really frustrating when I have to continuously resize columns to see filenames and resize the window so I can see a reasonable amount of stuff.

I know there are script that can allow you to achieve this manually, but that really isn't acceptable. They've had decades to get the simple stuff right. Why doesn't this already happen by default?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Tetsujin, bmike Feb 5 '15 at 14:29

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  • Do you have an actual question? Only Apple would be able to answer 'why?' – Tetsujin Feb 5 '15 at 13:16
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    I did. I totally forgot to ask the most important part, "How?" because I became so frustrated by the fact that they don't seem to care much for the little - but important - details. – RǢF Feb 5 '15 at 20:33
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The simplest answer to 'how' rather than 'why' is:

Opt[alt] drag a column sizer. That size becomes the new default, after you relaunch Finder. Only works for column view, not coverflow.

Other options, though each is temporary

  • Double click a column sizer to set that column to show full content width.
  • Right-click a column sizer for more options.

To relaunch Finder, hold Opt and right-click Finder in the dock. Relaunch will be in the context menu.

  • I also use OPT-Resize (with the mouse) to have all columns fitting in the window. For the full filenames I have the "View path bar" enabled and selecting a file it shows the full filenames on the bottom.What I can;t stand is that the OPT-Resize option doesn't stick. – Michele Dall'Agata Mar 18 '18 at 6:59
  • @MicheleDall'Agata OPT+doubleclick does not "save" for the next time, but OPT+drag does "save", and the next time you open the column will be that size. – Joseph Hansen Aug 14 '18 at 20:30
  • @JosephHansen I probably didn't express myself well. I want to resize the Finder windows in a way that they don't show the horizontal scrollbar. So I OPT-drag the right side. It resize them with all columns fitting, but after a while it's always all over again. In other words I'd like an "auto-fitting" option, I hate the horizontal scrollbars in Finder – Michele Dall'Agata Aug 14 '18 at 22:00
  • For Mac OS 10.14 Mojave, OPT+drag sets all columns to be the same size. – Kayle Sawyer Jan 23 at 16:54

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