Lightroom Classic: Truncates Long Names In Folder Panel

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My photo collection is organized via long & descriptive folder names, but even when I expand the Library module's left panel as wide as it will go, you cannot see the full name.  Worse, if you hover over the name in hopes of seeing it via a tooltip, the tooltip is truncated.  Here's a screenshot as an example: https://www.screencast.com/t/DZiugeMgcx

Note that this definitely isn't a limitation with tooltips themselves, as you can actually highlight a photo, expand the *right* panel, go to the metadata section, find the "folder" field, and hover that, which will properly show the full path.  Screenshot: https://www.screencast.com/t/htsYoAvQg

Is there a reason why we should be prevented from expanding the left panel far enough to see our full folder names?  This makes it pretty much impossible to manage my photo collection from within LR, and I'm always forced to go back to Windows Explorer...

(Note, just to preempt a possible response: I know keywords/collections/etc are an alternative method to organize, which wouldn't require long foldernames.  That's beyond the scope of this question. Due to other software I use to navigate my collection remotely, and other non-LR users viewing photos on the same file share, descriptive folder names are necessary).
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"Is there a reason why we should be prevented from expanding the left panel far enough to see our full folder names? "

Undocumented shortcut: Hold Opt / Alt while you drag the divider of the left or right panels, and you can make them as wide as you want.
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I think that's a Mac-only hidden feature, John. I've never ben able to make it work on Windows.
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Indeed, it doesn't work in my Windows 10 either.  Please add your constructive opinion and vote to this new bug report: 
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom-alt-drag-on-windows-doesnt-expand-l...
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Correct. I noticed the OP uses Windows, so I did not mention this.
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Victoria Bampton wrote: "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." So maybe my memory wasn't that bad...
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+1'ed. That would solve it.