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Sidebar panel widths

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Is there a way to increase the width of the side panels in LR? I have some quite long collection names and they are pretty repetitive near the beginnings and very awkward to view without being able to increase the panel widths?
 
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Unfortunately, no. You can make them smaller than the default, but not bigger. You can change the font size used in Lightroom's panels to either "Small" or "Large" using a dropdown in the Edit >> Preferences >> Interface dialog. Restart Lightroom for the change to take effect.
 

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Ok, it's a really annoying issue as I can't view the full collection names all one view without hovering over each of them!


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Yes, you can use the grab handles (which will appear when you hover the cursor over the existing edge of the panels). That will allow you to increase the panel width to a set maximum size. However, on OSX you can also hold down the Alt/Opt key while you drag the grab handle....that allows you to increase the panel width to about half the width of the screen.
 
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It's a tip I picked up from Victoria a while back, but I've just checked "The Missing FAQ" and I see it's on page 81 of the LR6 version.
 

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It is a strange one. Why put an arbitrary width on the panels anyway. Set a default and allow the user to expand and contract it as much as they like. Simples!
 
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I have to admit, it is odd that it doesn't work cross platform?
 
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Maybe Victoria asked for it so she could sell more books that reveal the hidden features of Lightroom... :p
LOL!

On Windows, you used to be able to stretch them beyond the standard limit without needing an extra key, but that seems to have died with Windows 10.

Jeffrey's Configuration Manager used to be the other way of doing it, although I haven't tested its panel width controls in LR6. Worth a shot. Jeffrey's Lightroom Configuration Manager
 
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