Shorten Long Filenames to Reveal Extensions a la Finder #525

Orion751 opened this Issue Oct 26, 2011 · 4 comments


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One of my favorite things that I discovered early in my use of OS X is how Finder will shorten long filenames to look like this: "verylon...lename.txt". If I am looking through a list of files that share these long names with different extensions, I can easily identify one from the other.

I think this behavior could work well in QS's results window. Any thoughts?

EDIT: I know I can resize the results list for this, but my OCD is telling me to leave it the way it is.

skurfer commented Oct 26, 2011

The results list can be resized. It wasn’t remembering the new size after a restart, but that was fixed in B61 (if not B60).

Will that work?

@skurfer Should've mentioned my awareness of that. I think I would prefer what I proposed.

This is by no means a must-have feature; just putting it out there.

skurfer commented Oct 27, 2011

This is by no means a must-have feature; just putting it out there.

OK, then my next question: How is losing information from the middle better than losing it from the end? Doesn’t it suck either way?

jkuan commented Oct 27, 2011

It's more likely that you can uniquely identify a file from the first 10 and last 10 characters than the first 20 characters.

I think it's quite common for a directory to have files with the same prefix, like this:

@pjrobertson pjrobertson added a commit to pjrobertson/Quicksilver that referenced this issue Oct 16, 2012
@pjrobertson pjrobertson Truncate details using NSLineBreakByTruncatingMiddle
Fixes #525
@skurfer skurfer closed this in 08c1698 Oct 16, 2012
@skurfer skurfer added a commit that referenced this issue Oct 16, 2012
@skurfer skurfer Truncate details using NSLineBreakByTruncatingMiddle
reproduces work done by @pjroberston - fixes #525
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