Reports & Notebooks: Allow for Customization of Column width & Row Width/Height

We plan to use the Aha! reports to status on strategic planning with Executive Management. A challenge I am having is the overall presentation & cleanliness of the layout based on the different types of content.

For columns & rows that include lengthy content, it would be great to be able to manually adjust the row & column width/height to make for a cleaner presentation. This functionality would be similar to that of Excel. Using the 'Wrap Text' functionality is helpful but it would be really helpful to have more control over how the report looks from a cell size perspective. 

  • Alex Joachim
  • Jan 13 2016
  • Shipped
Release time frame
  • Apr 3, 2019

    Admin Response

    You can now customize column widths on list and pivot reports — so you can quickly craft and share your beautiful reports.

    Checkout the blog post for more information.

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  • Mat Wood commented
    March 15, 2016 12:17

    This solution should also consider fields in all Aha! table displays, e.g. display of Feature Description / Comments in a List format should allow a manual override the the column width so lists can be made more readable where required.

  • Michael Hopkin commented
    April 27, 2016 22:36

    I agree. I created a timeline report and the left column is small (width) and the long names wrap down several lines.

  • Guest commented
    May 03, 2016 04:54

    Being able to adjust column width in the Feature List view is important for me. It should also remember the width you set for a given column so that when you come back to that screen you don't have to re-adjust the columns.

  • Christina Wongbuphanimitr commented
    July 29, 2016 19:01

    Can we add the options for border feature? And colors for the column headers?

  • Philippe Dame commented
    February 07, 2017 03:41

    The solution needs an option whereby rich-text descriptions (e.g. of ideas) can be shown in a table as plain-text snippet. Then it's easy to see a word or character limit (in addition to a desired column width).

  • kirk sadler commented
    November 07, 2017 07:35

    We also want the ability to adjust the column width within a list report.  We have created a field called clients and then add client names for candidate projects.  The challenge is that if you have a lot of clients every other column gets squished and makes the list report less usable / readable to stakeholders.

  • Jason Glover commented
    June 27, 2018 22:55
    What determines the width of columns in lists?  It seems totally random.
    Why is this Concerns column so narrow when it has so much content, and the Progress column is so wide.
    I don't appear to have control over the widths, so there must be some automagic going on, but it's not as magic as it is auto.
    I don't necessarily need to control with width of the columns as long as the logic that determines the widths intelligently balances the widths based on the content.
  • Andrew Brooks commented
    July 10, 2018 08:29

    This would be incredibly useful, the starter roadmap and the strategy roadmap are both great, but when there is a lot of text it would be very helpful to be able to increase row heights and column width

  • James Rowe commented
    October 29, 2018 15:52

    Definitely an issue for us as well.  Am having to extract and format exec reports in Excel instead which is a pain.  It seems to base the width on the column description which usually bears no resemblance to the ideal width for your data.  We use Custom Tables and it also appends the table name on to the column descriptions making them even bigger than just with the descriptions.

    A manual width adjustor that wraps the description would be a start.  Being able to edit the column headers would be a further improvement.  

  • Ngozi P commented
    November 30, 2018 16:36

    Adjusting the widths of columns in a pivot report would be great as once you have about 4 columns your timeline starts compressing and the columns end up taking more of the page than the timeline.

  • Steve Malpiedi commented
    21 Feb 15:47

    Any update on the timing on this? 

  • Admin
    Ron Yang commented
    21 Feb 19:14

    Thank you for the interest in this request. We are actively working on an improvement which will provide greater control over the column widths so that the cells in your reports will can be better displayed.

  • Chathuranga Sumanasekera commented
    04 Mar 03:20

    Definitely agree, this is critical to allow us to produce well formatted reports to the Board and for clients as well. In my case I have added a column with a long URL, and that causes that column to be very wide, everything else including descriptions to be squashed to one side. Being able to set column widths would be great, and ensure it can force wrap long URLs.

  • Steve Malpiedi commented
    11 Mar 14:09

    Hi Ron, What happened here? This morning the status was moved to Shipped and now we are back to Planning to implement?

  • Stoyan Petrov commented
    11 Mar 14:34

    Hi Ron, 


    It would be great if you could give us some context to why this feature was moved back from Shipped to Planning to Implement. 

    This feature will be big win for us and our ways of reporting 


  • Admin
    Ron Yang commented
    11 Mar 16:20

    Hi -- we are in the final stages of getting this feature ready for our customers and hope to ship it in the next couple weeks.

    The idea was accidentally shipped this morning which caused the change in status. We are currently actively testing it in our own Aha! account and are excited to soon deliver this key improvement.

  • Laura Giles commented
    11 Mar 22:04

    Testing in production isn't ideal for us as we now see our idea views altered and now having to scroll because the description field in a list layout no longer fits on the page (within the aha app, not notebook).

    I would really like to be advised of these types of breaking/changes if the expectation is that we now have to go back and resize every one of our views & related reports/notebooks.

  • Admin
    Chris Waters commented
    11 Mar 23:20

    Laura please let know if you are seeing something different than you expect. I don't think there has been any change to the layout of lists or pivot tables that will be affecting your reports.

  • Laura Giles commented
    11 Mar 23:53

    thanks. looks like someone reverted the change on the description field

  • Greg Horlacher commented
    04 Apr 04:56

    It appears that you can only shrink a column width to that of the column title. We often use a report where we break out the AHA score components. Unfortunately, the column titles in this case are lengthy, e.g. "Time Criticality (WSJF Scorecard A.B)" while the contents are small. It would be great to be able to condense these columns down for readability.