I'm not speaking of the Windows explorer, just of the standard open file dialogs in specific applications, Windows XP.
I know several open file dialog enhancers, commercial and free. On donationcoder, there is a "comparative review", some years old, and which does not address my problem, neither in text nor in screenshots. I went to all the file dialog enhancers sites, in order to have a look and better info. They speak about a lot of features that I don't want (but would be willing to accept). I downloaded Filebox eXtender, just to now have to deinstall it, and before installing some 10 other such file dialog enhancers, I hope somebody can help me here.
I do control-o to open the dialog, then I have the "File name" box there which is active, the big file list above this is without use, since it will not change when I enter the first characters of the wanted filename.
So I enter the first characters of the wanted filename, and now a pull-down list shows some of these files I might want to open, but I have many such files in these pull-down lists, since I only can enter a few characters, and then these will apply to many different files. Thus, the pop-down list here will invariably have a vertical scrollbar, and almost every time, I have to fiddle around with scrolling down in that list - at the same time, the files shown in the unnamed big list will not move, so that big window is of no use.
That's why I am looking for a bit of code (some code I could trigger by Autohotkey, for example), or a list of enhancers, that would be able to resize the above-described list of the "File name:" field whenever it's popped down:
resize it to the length it needs for the number of the entries (theoretically the best solution, but not really needed, and I know it would be difficult to code, since with every more character, it then would have to dynamically recede again), or
just resize it anyway, to some much bigger standard size than the current standard size (even with this minimum solution, I would be very happy).