Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 5:11 AM (in response to chrisgalway1)
Is this a problem only with multi-column Finder?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 5:42 AM (in response to a brody)
No, it occurs in all views, I prefer List View. This is new in Lion. In 10.6, you could make Finder windows much narrower.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 6:00 AM (in response to chrisgalway1)
And you are sure you have the small arrows that point left and right appear at the edge if the window when you click and drag the edge of the window? Cause if the cursor doesn't change to those arrows, it won't adjust the window in that manner.
Edit: you can also adjust the window in the bottom right corner and drag that towards the top left corner, or you can click on the green button in the upper left to adjust the window to a more appropriate size.
Message was edited by: a brody
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 8:01 AM (in response to a brody)
Yes, I see them but after a certain width the arrow points one way only (outwards). (Try this on a finder window on your own Mac with Lion ....)
I'm pretty sure -- like 100% certain! -- that this requires some clever Terminal stuff to re-set the default for the minimum window width. Surely someone out there knows how to do this?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 9:07 AM (in response to chrisgalway1)
In 10.7 there are new Interface Builder features, that allow this kind of constraints to enforce minimum sizes or distances between elements. I suspect its in Finder's nib/xib files. And I wouldn't recommend you to mess with them.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 9:26 AM (in response to leberwurstsaft)
Thanks, I guess you know about these things so I'll take your advice! It's just really annoying not to be able to keep open small windows. Usually Apple don't take a step backwards, and Lion has some really nice features (like Mail's search), but I guess I have to live with it.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 1, 2011 9:29 AM (in response to chrisgalway1)
If it is of any help, you can disable the sidebar and resize the window a little more (by the width of said sidebar).
Currently Being ModeratedAug 5, 2011 1:57 PM (in response to chrisgalway1)
I agree that it is very annoying that we cannot make the width of a Finder window narrower. And, I really wish that someone would post a workaround for it.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 5, 2011 2:02 PM (in response to profinite)
Agreed, perhaps someone can suggest something robust? Surely it's just re-setting the value of a parameter?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 4:04 PM (in response to chrisgalway1)
I've been forced to using Lion more and more lately and find this wide Finder window problem really irritating. Has anyone found a fix for this yet?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 3, 2012 7:03 PM (in response to Andy Peterman)
Note the age of the thread. It was posted only two weeks after Lion's release, and now it is nearly 9 months later
If there is a chance of an alternative solution you may find it here:
Please start a new topic thread with exactly your needs, and you are more likely to get a response to your needs.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 5:13 AM (in response to chrisgalway1)
I agree with leberwurstsaft, if you Finder -> View -> Hide Tool Bar, you can reduce the width about another 100 pixels (best guess).
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to BobHarris)
Hi All, I started this thread and unfortunately there seems no fix. Is anyone from Apple listening? Why can't we make mini-windows? It's especially annoying on the 13 inch MacBook, screen real estate is valuable.
I guess with an operating profit of 47%, you guys have stopped caring!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to chrisgalway1)
Is anyone from Apple listening?
This is a user-to-user forum. The people you wish to address are most likely not reading this forum.
I would encourage you to file a bug or feature enhancement with Apple at either:
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