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Resize Windows 7 Columns Shortcut

Friday, February 11th, 2011 by | Filed Under: Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

Note: This tip is for Windows Explorer, and will not work in Internet Explorer

This might be a little obsessive compulsive for some of you out there, but, as you all know, I am a stickler for organization. Have you ever been in Windows Explorer and noticed that all of the columns along the top are of various sizes? Sometimes it makes it hard to see what’s in each one.

Sure, you could move your mouse pointer in between each column and manually resize, but where’s the fun in that? Let’s learn a quick keyboard shortcut that will automatically resize the columns to their most optimal size, instead.

JustĀ  press Ctrl and the Plus (+) sign on your keyboard’s number pad.

Ta-da! Instantly resized columns that fit the information within perfectly!

Give it a try today!



8 Responses to “Resize Windows 7 Columns Shortcut”

  1. Sounds great, but it doesn’t work, and I can’t find any list of shortcuts that includes it. Using Window 7 Pro. Have I missed something?

  2. Greg Martin says:

    Works great for me. Thank you.

    Note: If you already have the columns optimized, you will not see any change.

  3. donbren says:

    How do I rate these tips? I’ve looked all over this page and don’t see a place to do the rating …

  4. Simon says:

    Absolutely bl**dy marvellous. Manually changing the columns has been driving me NUTS!!!

    Thank you.

  5. Dawn says:

    I know this is an older thread but..
    On a laptop?

    The columns have me seeing sideways.

  6. Rick says:

    Note you have to click on one of the files within the list and then try it. I did it this way and worked fine. Excellent tip – TX.

  7. Sandra Chausee says:


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