7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2009 5:33 AM by Mathias Dubois
Mathias Dubois Level 1 (140 points)
I think there was a way to get the finder to display the complete file names on the desktop. Some terminal command. Can anybody help?

MacPro, Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • hungryjoe Level 2 (250 points)
    If by complete filenames you mean filenames with extensions then for that you don't need to go to the terminal. You can go to Finder > Preferences. Here in the advanced tab check the box that says "Show all filename extensions"
  • Mathias Dubois Level 1 (140 points)
    Hey hungryjoe. Thanks for trying to help me but that's unfortunately not what I mean. What I mean is that, on the desktop, any "file name.ext" gets shrunk to "fi..me.ext" which uncomforts me.
  • Mathias Dubois Level 1 (140 points)
    Hey hungryjoe. Thanks for trying to help me but that's unfortunately not what I mean. What I mean is that, on the desktop, any "file name.ext" gets shrunk to "fi..me.ext" which uncomforts me.
  • hungryjoe Level 2 (250 points)
    Then [this thread|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1769728] has information that might be useful for you. These instructions are for Leopard so there is no guarantee that it will work in Snow Leopard but you can still give it a shot.
  • Mathias Dubois Level 1 (140 points)
    Ooops. Doublepost.
    Anyway: that's what used to be a solution but is no more now obviously under Snow Leopard. It used to work for me up to Tiger which I still had last month.

    Thanks nevertheless.
  • Rob Stevenson Level 1 (95 points)
    I have files on the Desktop that don't have that issue. But when I add characters to them I eventually reach the breaking point -- 37 characters is fine; 38 characters causes the file name to truncate. I suppose there may be a way to set a secret pref to show a larger number of characters using Terminal.

    Anyone know how many characters the OS file system is limited to -- ignoring display issues, I mean?

    Rob
  • Mathias Dubois Level 1 (140 points)
    255 characters afaik