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Hy, is there a way to resize the columns in the Tools Preset window? I have a few brushes presets with long names and I would like to see them. Thanks
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Cristen Gillespie

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I don't know what OS or version of PS you're using, but since I can remember, we can drag on the side or bottom corners —I find bottom corners easiest— of the Tool Presets panel to drag it wider and eventually wide enough to get more columns showing. You can also use the Tool drop down panel on the far left of the Options bar to and grab the bottom right corner to drag it out as wide as it you like, but that one doesn't widen the columns enough, so I'd stick with the actual Tools Panel found in the Window menu.

If your long name doesn't fit before the 2nd column appears in that panel, you have a really, really long name.
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Cristen, thanks for the reply. I ́m aware of the resize function in the Tool Presets window. However it doesn't allow me to fit the entire names for the tool preset brushes I ́m using. I guess I can always try and change the brushes names or just load a few at times, but it seems a little pointless. I still think it should be a way to view long names as a single list and not resorting to PS default "forcing" columns....
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I'm 100% in agreement on this, if you'd file it as a feature request (Idea—user can drag individual columns to any width desired, or something like that), and I'd be glad to vote for it. It is a nuisance when it starts breaking into columns too narrow for the names. My sole resort has been to stop just short of the break and then scroll vertically.<sigh>

I completely gave up on Import/Export Presets years ago because they never fixed the dialog. You can't widen the dialog at all, rendering it useless when you can't read the names. There's not even a tool tip to help out, slow as those can be to respond. At least in the Tool Presets panel, once hovering initiates the tips, you can run down the list reading them. A PITA, though, each time you seek a new tool.

I used to have lists like yours, loads of brushes loaded at one time, and occasionally during a project do wind up with lots of smaller sets loaded at once so it gets as unwieldy as your set— but I found keeping it that way slowed down everything, especially launch, and now mainly work with smaller sets at a time. It's not as problematic for me to temporarily load favorite watercolor brushes versus oils versus dry media, etc, or just "favorites" from a given brush designer. Took me awhile to get used to, and I'm not advocating it over a better system for managing and displaying presets. But on an older computer with only 16GB RAM, it was simply prudent to load and unload sets for all my different presets rather than keep them all loaded.