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How to resize multiple Finder columns at once in OS X Yosemite

Column view is a handy way to look at large collections of files in the Finder. It’s my go-to default when I want to arrange contents of Finder windows in easy-to-track lists. I like to reset the column width, however, and I’ve discovered a handy trick to reset it across an entire window.

How to resize all columns in a Finder window

  • Open a new window in the Finder.
  • Organize the view by column by clicking the third button from the left above the word View (or, alternately, by typing command 3).
  • Hold down the option key on the keyboard.
  • Position the cursor over the edge of a column. It will change from the regular cursor to a column width cursor.
  • Click the mouse and drag the column to its new width. All the other columns in that window should move with it.
  • Let go of the mouse button to set the width, and let go of the option key.
  • If you don’t hold down the option key, only the column you’ve selected will resize.

    Any questions? Let me know.

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