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Windows 7: How to make column widths in Explorer much, much narrower

28 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
How to make column widths in Explorer much, much narrower

G'day everyone

Is there a way to reduce the column width in Explorer to something less than 80 pixels? Some of the columns contain information that can safely be displayed in 50 pixels or even 30 pixels, and I would prefer to use that wasted space for other columns (e.g. the Name column).


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28 Mar 2012   #2

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Can you not just drag the column separators smaller?
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28 Mar 2012   #3

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Samuel,

In addition, you could use either method in the tutorial below. Option Two allows you to enter a specific pixel number per column.

Windows Explorer Columns - Change Width

Hope this helps,
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28 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

You can only set the column width to a minimum of either 80 (most categories) or 40 (the only category I've found for this is #). Values inputted that are below this threshold will default to 80 or 40 as appropriate.
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28 Mar 2012   #5

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Thank you Dwarf. Tutorial updated. :)
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28 Mar 2012   #6

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

If you don't mind using 3rd party programs, you could look into using Explorer alternatives.
See if you can find one that allows narrower columns.
Here is a link that lists some of the free alternatives.
7 Best Free Replacement for Windows Explorer || Free Software
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