I am looking for a simple file manager for Mac. My requirements are:

  • support the usual grid view
  • show the file size of highlighted files
  • does not truncate long file names - adjusts the grid instead

Something like the example on the bottom right sourced from this question on Ask Ubuntu.

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Unfortunately, I only find alternative file managers that use a list view. Is there an file manager that meets these requirements?

  • Do the suggestions in apple.stackexchange.com/questions/180418 help with the long file name wrapping? Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 15:00
  • Unfortunately it does not seem to work on MacOS 10.12.6 :-( Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 15:04
  • Google "Finder Alternative," which is what these are usually called. There are several out there (none of which I have ever used) that might have a similar option to what you need. Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 15:17
  • Have you tried any of the alternatives listed in apple.stackexchange.com/questions/4944/… ? Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 15:34
  • I have tried some of the free alternatives, but they all seem to follow a dual pane, list layout, which I do not like particularly. I may use a paid one, but only after knowing it does what I want Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 16:10

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I never came across a file manager that adjust the grid for long names. However if you want to go further than the Finder you can give a try at Transmit, Forklift or Commander, they're all great file management tools.

  • The problem is that I have lots of folders full of files with long file names (mostly scientific papers) and they all look unreadable without an adjustable grid. I will try the ones you mentioned - I had already tried Commander One and it did not seem to do this (plus it defaults to a dual pane view which I do not like very much) Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 9:49

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