Change column width in SharePoint List

This short article shows you how to change the column width in SharePoint List.

You can see I have a list below and the Title column is narrow. In order to widen it, I open the url in Chrome (you can use IE).

1.      Go to Developer Tools in Chrome.

2.      Choose the Select an element in the page to inspect it. 



3.      Click on the Title in your List.


Then you will realized there is a black box written div, ms-vh-div.


When you look at the HTML at the right pane. You will see div and ā€œms-vh-divā€ as below.


4.      Now you create a text file, txt, with the following JQuery. Save the text file for example SetColWidth.txt.

<script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script>


<script type=”text/javascript”>


$(document).ready(function() {

   $(“‘Title’)”).css(“width”, “200px”)




5.      Go to the Site Assets in the Team Site.

6.      Upload the text file to Site Assets.


7.      Go back to the List that you want to set the column. Select Edit page.


8.    Add a Web Part, choose Content Editor under Media and Content Categories.


9.      Edit Web Part. Point to SetColWidth.txt in Site Assets in the Content Link.


10.   Click OK and Stop Editing.

Now you should be able to see the column width size changed.


About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress ( till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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One Response to Change column width in SharePoint List

  1. William Aldrich-Thorpe says:

    What a great tip! I was looking for a way to change the width of a specific text column of a list to make it easier to rea. Thanks!

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