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Modifying Column Width and Order

Understanding Column Width

Workfront specifies the width of columns in lists and reports, by default.

You can customize the width of the columns in your Workfront lists and reports to match your needs, depending on what kind of information you want to display in columns. For example, columns that display a number should be wider than columns that display the Description field.

Columns that appear in built-in views have widths previously defined by Workfront that are hard coded. To modify these widths, you must manually update the width of these columns using text mode.
For information about modifying the column in text mode, see the "Editing the Width of a Column Permanently" section in the "Understanding Common Uses of Text Mode" article. 

Workfront assigns a width of 100 pixels to new columns in the project and task lists of the following tabs, unless otherwise specified:

  • Projects I'm On
  • Projects I Own
  • All projects
  • Projects tab at the Portfolio level
  • Projects tab at the Program level
  • Tasks tab at the Project level
  • Subtasks tab at the Task level

In all other lists, Workfront adjusts the width of the columns dynamically according to the amount of information they contain, unless otherwise specified. 

Considerations When Modifying the Width and Order of Columns

You can modify the width and temporarily modify the order of columns in a list without editing its view. 

Consider the following when temporarily resizing and ordering columns:

  • When resizing columns, the new column sizes are stored in your browser's local storage, and are saved by default. Using a different browser or clearing your cache or browsing data results in column sizes being reverted to the default. Refreshing your page, or logging out of Workfront and logging back in keeps the changes you make to the width of the columns. 
  • When you resize columns, your changes apply only to the view you are currently using and are visible only to you. Sharing a view with another user does not share the column sizes that you have defined.
  • After a column is resized by dragging its border to the right, the neighboring column is resized as well, except in a list of projects or tasks on the following tabs:
    • Projects I'm On
    • Projects I Own
    • All projects
    • Projects tab at the Portfolio level
    • Projects tab at the Program level
    • Tasks tab at the Project level
    • Subtasks tab at the Task level
    In these lists, when you drag the right border of a column to the right, the column to the right of the resized column preserve its original size and the list becomes wider.
  • You cannot move a column border past the border of the neighboring column, except in a list of projects on the following sub-tabs:
    • Projects I'm On
    • Projects I Own
    • All projects
    • Projects tab at the Portfolio level
    • Projects tab at the Program level
    • Tasks tab at the Project level
    • Subtasks tab at the Task level
    In these lists, you can move the right border of a column past the borders of the neighboring columns.
  • You cannot move the left border of a column past the left border of the neighboring column.
  • When reordering columns, the order you choose is maintained only until you navigate away from the list, or you refresh the browser page. After navigating away from the list or refreshing the browser page, columns return to their default order.
  • For optimal performance, the columns you are reordering should not have more than 100 items in the list.
  • If you export any list to a file, the temporary order of the columns does not transfer to the exported file. The exported file displays the order of the columns in the original list, before the columns have been reordered.
    For more information about exporting data from lists and reports, see "Exporting Data." 

Modifying Column Width and Order

You can modify the width and order of the columns in your reports in the following ways:

Permanently Modifying Width and Order of Columns 

To permanently reorder columns, see the "Creating or Customizing a Standard View" section in the "Creating and Customizing Views" article.

You can permanently modify the width of a column only by using text mode.
For more information about using text mode and permanently modifying the width of a column, see the "Editing the Width of a Column Permanently" section in the "Understanding Common Uses of Text Mode" article.

Temporarily Modifying Width and Order of Columns

You can drag column borders to resize columns and drag and drop columns to temporarily reorder them in most lists throughout the Workfront site, without opening the view builder. This includes reports, views, reports on dashboards, and the Gantt view.
For more information about Workfront lists, see "Viewing Items in a List.

Temporarily Resizing Columns

When you resize columns in a list or report, the new column sizes are saved until you clear your browser cache. If you open the list in a new browser, the changes you made to the column size do not display in the new browser. The new column sizes are saved only for you in the browser you used to make the changes. All other users accessing the same view or report view the default column sizes, as they are defined in the view builder or automatically, by Workfront. 

  1. Navigate to the list that you want to modify.
  2. Drag the border of a column until the column reaches the desired size.


 Temporarily Reordering Columns

When you reorder columns in a list or report, the new column order is saved only for you until you refresh or navigate away from the list. When you log out and back in to Workfront, the order of the columns reverts to the one defined in the view builder. 

  1. Navigate to the list you want to modify.
  2. Click a column you want to move to another location to pick the column.
  3. Drag the column into the correct location.
  4. Drop the column into the location, to move it. 

TIP This is especially useful when viewing the Gantt chart and the list view simultaneously. When viewing the Gantt chart, columns can become hidden. To view a column while the Gantt chart is displayed, simply drag the column that you want to view so that it is displayed on the left side of the page. 

This article last updated on 2019-04-02 14:35:29 UTC