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Adjust number of displayed lines in icon view System
I was browsing through ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist the other day and saw this entry:
<key>MaximumLabelLines</key>
<integer>2</integer>
"Hmm," I say to myself, "Does this do what I think it does?" I changed the integer line to read 3, logged out, logged in, and yes, it works. In icon view, this key determines the number of lines displayed under (or next to) an icon in icon view mode. Useful for files with long names.
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TinkerTool does this
Authored by: gidds on Aug 28, '03 11:07:31AM

TinkerTool lets you change the number from 1 to 3; still, it's good to know the actual XML setting in case you want to try something more extreme.

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Adjust number of displayed lines in icon view
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 28, '03 11:07:32AM
One word: TinkerTool.

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Adjust number of displayed lines in icon view
Authored by: paulskinner on Aug 28, '03 12:26:33PM

So, you could...

do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder MaximumLabelLines 3"



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Adjust number of displayed lines in icon view
Authored by: mistercow on Aug 28, '03 03:43:03PM

Apparently the reason that TinkerTool doesn't let you do more than 3 lines is that it doesn't do anything. 1, 2, and 3 all work, but anything more than that will just remain at 3.



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Screw TinkerTool
Authored by: Manic Velocity on Aug 28, '03 03:57:11PM

Maybe it's just me, but it's not enough to be able to do something with an application or prefpane, but you have to know what that app or prefpane is doing to your system. Mope hints liek this plz k thx bye.



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Re: Screw TinkerTool
Authored by: Chas. Schoenfeld on Aug 29, '03 12:46:13PM
Maybe it's just me, but it's not enough to be able to do something with an application or prefpane, but you have to know what that app or prefpane is doing to your system

So really, what you want is access to the code in the Finder application that accesses that .plist file. Right? Because really, how is changing a "1" to a "3" in a simple XML file any different from changing the same thing in a prefpane? Either way, you're not actually looking at the relevant application code.

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Adjust number of displayed lines in icon view
Authored by: andyinindy on Feb 12, '04 11:35:08AM

This hint does not work in Panther. For some reason, Apple has decided to limit the label lines to 2. You can see this in the latest version of Tinkertool. Also, if you try to manually change the value to 3, it does not have any effect. Changing between 1 and 2 works fine.



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Adjust number of displayed lines in icon view
Authored by: kmnjunk2007 on Jan 23, '07 10:38:02AM

I have latest version of Tiger

2 questions:

1. I like to place the text on the right of my icon (on desktop), is there a way to increase the width of displayed text?

2. I've used both TinkerTool and Onyx and in both, the option for number of label lines is maxed out at 2. I can't even choose to have 3. I tried looking in the pref file, but did not exactly find the same line, mine has an "FX" infront of it, and the number is 2

as of now, even setting it at 2, I only see 1 line of label text when I set it to show on the right of the icon. ??? when I change it to show under the icon, then I can see 2 lines. is this weird?

I'd like to show at least 2 lines when needed, even when the label text is set to show on the right of the icon. and if possible, i'd like to increase the width of the label line a little. I'd only need it to show like this on the desktop.



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