The Finder's "Column" view is a convenient option, but many times you may need to resize its columns. Here are the options for doing this in OS X.
The Finder in OS X has four views: Icon, List, Cover Flow, and Column, which can be activated on any Finder window to display its contents in different ways.
Each has its perks and uses, though many may often use column view because it shows multiple levels of a directory tree in the same window and can therefore help in organizing and navigating files.
While this feature makes navigating and moving files around a bit easier, often when you scroll up or down in column view the column size will not change. This sometimes results in long file names being truncated or the column being too wide and taking up window space.
To get around these drawbacks of the column view, Apple provides some options for resizing the columns:
These options in OS X provide you with the functions that Apple offers for adjusting column sizes. Unfortunately this means that there is no way to have columns automatically resize to fit their contents--a convenience that Apple has somehow skirted through the various OS X iterations. There does not seem to be a reason why Apple would avoid such an option, so hopefully it will make its way into the OS in a future version. For now, however, you will need to use one of these manual adjustment to resize columns in the Finder.
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