Is there a way to quickly resize all the columns in the gradebook or select multiple columns to resize?
If you choose to resize columns, unfortunately each column has to be resized individually.
I'm a little confused. I am able to resize multiple columns simultaneously. But the thing is that I can only do it as long as I'm collapsing all of them. That is, if I grab a column resize icon on the far right and pull it left, all of the columns to its left will shrink. This comes in handy when I want to have the current assignment close to the actual name of the student. But then when I go to expand them, it doesn't work the same way. I have to spend a long time individually expanding each column back to its original size one at a time. This seems like a bug since in works in one direction and not the other. Can you confirm multiple resizing is only functional when collapsing but not expanding columns?
Hi Gabriel Young...
I'm not sure I would consider this a bug. I also tested this out and can replicate what you are seeing. If you grab the right side of a column to resize it (making the column smaller), then columns to the left will also get smaller as long as you continue to hold your mouse down. Also, if you move the mouse to the right (still while keeping the mouse held down), it will expand the columns to the left of the one you're resizing to their original size, and the edge of the one you're modifying can still be freely resized. It's when you release the mouse button for the first time (after making the columns smaller) that the ability to expand them all again at once is lost. I agree with Erin Hallmark that you'd need to grab the right side of each column to make it the size you wanted.
The Gradebook is built using a component that doesn't actually intend for multiple columns to be managed at the same time. So being able to minimize multiple columns to the left is an added bonus! Actually, fun fact: if you grab a column resize icon and drag right, any columns to the left will also get larger until you can't visibly drag any more. So if you have a large monitor where you can expand your browser window, you can make your Gradebook wider and minimize/maximize more columns at a time.
Hi Erin and Chris. I see your points and it might be semantics whether to consider this a "bug" or just a feature that, although commonplace in many other productivity applications, is just missing from Canvas. I know that the columns can be re-expanded by the same mechanism but they wind up vastly oversized. It doesn't matter if they wind up way too big or way too small, if there is no way to size them appropriately it's the same underlying problem.
The bottom line for me as a user is that if I collapse the columns in order to get a far right column nearer to a student's name, I have to spend a VERY long time individually expanding each column back to the appropriate normal size. So collapsing the columns like this is not only unhelpful, it can be extremely inconvenient and counterproductive. In my view, an operation that creates very cumbersome difficulties in undoing its effects cannot be called a feature. But that's just me. Although we see it differently, I hope you'll consider passing my suggestion along to the engineers to improve this in future revisions. Thank you.
I discussed your question with the Gradebook team before I posted my comment. As I noted, that functionality is not directly intended. It's just part of the component being used for the Gradebook. This behavior isn't a bug as the team doesn't have direct control over the component. Certain columns have a maximum width, and making them wider (or smaller) happens to include the closest columns to the left. They noted that some users will find this behavior useful but it is not to be considered a feature of the component.
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