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Column Display Widths
It would be nice to be able to set the input fields widths during edit/view, and the field widths of the grid view.

(At the very least, wouldn't it be relatively easy to set "EDIT" field widths to the value in the column definition?, e.g a text field of size 10, could be 10 chars wide in the edit form? )


Kevin Cook
Date Created
9/25/2007 5:50:19 PM
Date Updated
9/20/2021 7:42:21 AM
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Michael Rennert 8/15/2009 8:13:44 AM
It would also be nice to be able to set the column alignment. It's very often the case that you would want to center text (or align right) rather than have it left aligned.

Less important, but still desirable would be the ability to modify the alignment of the column header, along with an alternate name for the column, which you can already do.
Rick Cogley 7/27/2010 6:16:49 PM
Yes agreed. This would add just that much more polish. We have a bilingual Japanese and English app that sometimes displays just a bit strangely. These width and justification tweaks for columns would be welcome.
Scott Miller 9/9/2010 3:20:52 AM

Views/Reports can appear ungainly as there is no option to define the column width. At the moment they appear to be dynamically set. This option would allow the user to specify the width.

beo 9/9/2010 4:34:20 AM
... as well as the length of the field parameters of the filter, Multi - line text fields...
beo 9/9/2010 4:42:34 AM
beo 9/9/2010 4:44:29 AM
Please, implement, it is very necessary! For example, in the mode Customize Columns.
Rick Cogley 9/10/2010 5:19:41 PM
Agreed. It may seem like a minor thing but an adjustment in column width can mean the difference between a 20 page report and a 10 page report when compactly formatted. --Rick
Kirill Bondar  Staff  4/1/2011 8:43:23 AM
Merged with:
364 - Set Column Width on Views/Reports
Desmond Beatty (Conc) 12/6/2013 4:28:14 AM
The absence of the ability to adjust column width means having to make poor compromises on what data/columns to include/exclude in a report based on how many rows the forced word wrap produces.
Philip Evans 1/16/2014 12:31:31 PM
100% agree with this - column widths are the 1st major disappointment for me - the grid look like a basic spreadsheet from the 80s. Styling like CSS would be great with colours, font sizes etc.
basenine 4/7/2014 4:03:31 AM
I like @Philip Evans...."Looks like a spreadsheet from the 80's" - made me smile😀

The whole views-look is quite harsh... a softer appearance would be nicer to read and interpret
rishi uttam 3/24/2015 5:12:57 AM
I agree with Philip, the grid in details view looks very dated. I dont need a extra wide autonumber field, i spent 2 hours trying to figure out why i could not adjust column widths in a view, later to realize that it wasn't possible.

I am sure management can add this feature withing a couple of hours...

This will enable us to create better and easier to use forms and views.

can we get this worked on, perhaps sometime this year? this post is going back to 2010!

rishi uttam 3/24/2015 5:16:28 AM
Correction, this post is dating back to 2007, and nothing has been done, not even a reason why this is not being looked at? Is there a technical reason why this cannot be implemented?

Lynne Manzo 7/6/2015 5:38:58 PM
Management - PLEASE take a look at this issue. Our users regularly complain to me that some columns are wide and virtually empty whilst other columns extend down the page making them hard to read and spoiling the whole look of the page. They cannot believe it when I tell that column widths cannot be controlled!
Rishi has asked an excellent question - is there a technical reason why column widths (or even relevant column widths given the range of screen sizes) cannot be set?
Lynne Manzo 7/6/2015 5:41:08 PM
Sorry - that was meant to read "relative" column widths. (i.e. make column "A" always shows as twice the width of column "B").
Kirill Bondar  Staff  7/7/2015 4:53:03 AM
If you check "Display without wrapping" box, column's width will be set to a longest text in a column. It is checked by default for dates, times, durations, timestamps and numbers. You can check it for columns known to contain short texts too, freeing the space for other columns.

basenine 9/30/2015 4:48:20 AM
When you look at this image

I have a view with a Text field right next to a Numeric field. It makes no sense as to why the Text field width is LESS than the Numeric field width...

Kirill Bondar  Staff  9/30/2015 5:11:14 AM
Numeric inputs have fixed width, text inputs are resizable
basenine 9/30/2015 5:13:24 AM
Resizable? Can you show me how to do this please? This whole thread is about being able to resize column widths. Is there something we're missing?
Kirill Bondar  Staff  9/30/2015 5:56:38 AM
inputs, not columns
Andrew Winters 6/24/2016 7:20:11 AM
The problem with "display without wrapping" in some cases is that it defaults the width to the longest record in the table, which makes the view far too wide. But, for the same column, if I display without wrapping, it only uses about 7 characters per line. This makes the record far too long going down. Either way there is a lot of wasted space on the screen and it would be very helpful to set the exact column width per column, per view.
Joseph Kurian 8/7/2020 9:56:16 AM
This post has got lot of promotion but TD is not implementing this. I would like to see the customization in the edit form and grid in columns width and alignment.

Billy Hodges 9/20/2021 7:42:21 AM
This post has got a lot of promotion since 2009 and still hasn't had much action from TD.

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