? windows 7 Explorer - how can I change the with of the result fields from Windows Search ?

Posted on 2014-02-06
Last Modified: 2014-02-08
When I do a search using windows explorer in Windows 7, often the file names are too long to see the entire length -
often, the critical differences are at the end and hidden.

how can I get search to display the entire file name?
Question by:philkryder
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by:John Hurst
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So long as the file names are within the Windows 7 name limit (255 characters), they should show up. If longer (because of path or something like that) you would need to shorten the name.

Sometimes moving the subfolder up a level or two may help.

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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When you Search, you can access More Items and a new Window opens. This gives files in a list.

You can:

1. Open that window full screen,  or,

2. Hover over a file name and it will show you the full path.

This may help you without changing any folder structures.

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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I do not wish you to change operating system just to search, but I notice my Windows 8 machine neatly shows the entire path automatically in Advanced Search.

.... Thinkpads_User
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yeah - my w8 machines (all 3 of them do that too) - I was hoping there was a way I could get that better display in W7 at my workplace.
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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My folder structures are such that I see most of what I need and hover with the mouse to see the whole path if I need to .

There is no way to get Windows 8 behaviour in Windows 7.  I have both machines and tried to change the Windows 7 machine.

... Thinkpads_User
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@philkryder - Thanks. I must admit I am liking Windows 8 better in this regard.

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