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Just like in Microsoft Excel, you can automatically resize the a column in iTunes by double-clicking the divider line on the right (as in 'not left') side of the column you want to resize. The column will then resize to the width of the largest item in it, including the column's title.

This is great for saving space, or for quickly seeing all of a particularly long song or album title.
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Automatically size iTunes columns to show all content
Authored by: GlowingApple on Aug 17, '05 12:09:17PM

Back in the day of the Windoze world I had grown accustomed to double-clicking columns to auto-size them. It worked in nearly every application I used. When I made the switch to Mac, I was dissapointed to find next to no app that did this. For the longest time, Office was the only set of apps I knew to do this. Looks like Apple may be adding this feature to OS X for their newer apps now? Let's hope they add it to Finder now!

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Automatically size Finder columns to show all content works as well.
Authored by: mrkelle on Aug 17, '05 03:27:39PM

If you double click on the column handle in the Finder it will automaitcally resize it. I am not sure when this functionality was added but I just tried it on 10.4.2 and it worked without a hitch. I tried this on Mail as well which also worked. First time it resizes to fit all info, the second time it resizes for just the first level of folders.

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Automatically size Finder columns to show all content works as well.
Authored by: MJCube on Aug 17, '05 11:28:42PM

THAT is the most delightful hint I've gotten in months! Why don't I think to try these things? I will use it probably every hour of every day. Thank you!!



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Automatically size Finder columns to show all content works as well.
Authored by: Lou Kash on Aug 18, '05 09:26:56AM

Double-clicking in Finder windows works on Panther in the Column View but not in the List View.

I use an AppleScript to set the width of the List View columns to custom values (and more), executed by iKey (1.0.7) with a keyboard shortcut.

<code>
tell application "Finder"
set list_view to list view options of Finder window 1
set icon_view to icon view options of Finder window 1

set arrangement of icon_view to arranged by name
set icon size of icon_view to 32

set calculates folder sizes of list_view to true

set mod_col to column id modification date column of list_view
set crea_col to column id creation date column of list_view
set lab_col to column id label column of list_view
set name_col to column id name column of list_view
set com_col to column id comment column of list_view
set kind_col to column id version column of list_view
set vers_col to column id kind column of list_view

set width of mod_col to 124
set width of crea_col to 124
set width of lab_col to 64
set width of name_col to 280
set width of com_col to 94
set width of kind_col to 72
set width of vers_col to 80

set visible of mod_col to true
set visible of crea_col to false
set visible of lab_col to true
set visible of name_col to true
set visible of com_col to false
set visible of kind_col to false
set visible of vers_col to false
end tell
</code>



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Automatically size Finder columns to show all content works as well.
Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 19, '05 03:08:25PM

So where do you click, in Panther, in Column view? In case that wasn't clear, it's the little column resize thingy, lower right of each column, that looks like an equal sign turned on its side.

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Automatically size iTunes columns to show all content
Authored by: dcipjr on Aug 17, '05 05:00:29PM

You can also auto-size an iTunes column by right-clicking on the column header and choosing "Auto Size Column". Also in the contextual menu is "Auto Size All Columns", which (you guessed it!) resizes all of the columns to fit.

By the way, now that Apple has released a two-button mouse, I have no qualms about saying "right-click". ;-)



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Automatically size iTunes columns to show all content
Authored by: derrickbass on Aug 17, '05 06:00:52PM

The percentage of people who are left-handed is considerably larger than the percentage of Mac users (and way, way larger than the percentage who use a Mighty Mouse). So you should still feel guilty saying "right-click".



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Automatically size iTunes columns to show all content
Authored by: jimhoyt on Aug 18, '05 07:08:38PM

Ah, the old MBA axiom of "Baffle 'em with BS" must apply! :)

Bet the percentage of Mac lefties is pretty near the same as Windows lefties.



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Automatically size iTunes columns to show all content
Authored by: Mike A on Aug 17, '05 05:12:21PM

This is one of the few things that I miss from Windows. Although iTunes has had it for ages, many apps haven't and it really is a handy feature.



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