Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I use the OS X Finder feature to expand/fit the column width to the longest filename a lot -- by double-clicking the two vertical bars at the bottom of the column border (in Snow Leopard) or the column border itself (in Lion).

Is there a keybaord shortcut for this?

Or perhaps even a permanent setting to make fitting column widths to the longest filename the default?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I don't believe this is possible.

A list of available keyboard shortcuts for finder

The issue I can see it not being possible is because finder doesn't know which column you are trying to resize.

Although, if you Alt+doubleclick all columns in the window should resize. :)

share|improve this answer
I was thinking the shortcut would resize the current column when you have a column active due to typing the first few letters of a filename and/or using the arrow keys. Thanks though! – Ghopper21 Jul 3 '12 at 1:36

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.