I have a document library with scripts to change the font size of the header row. All the columns apart from one; "Short Description"; have changed.

I have just added a script to adjust the column width of this column and it's not responding to that either.

I have tested the script on other columns in the table and it works fine.

Its a Multiple Line Text column. The colour changes for the header row and font have both worked.

Any ideas?

Scripts being used are:

<script type="text/javascript">
$("div.ms-vh-div:contains('Topic')").css("width", "500px");});


.ms-viewheadertr a,
.ms-viewheadertr div {
color: white;
.ms-vh2 {
font-size: 10pt ! important; }
.ms-vh {
font-size: 10pt ! important; }
.ms-viewheadertr {
font-size: 10pt ! important; }
.ms-viewheadertr {
background-color: #00646e; }
  • can you console log $("div.ms-vh-div:contains('Topic')").length? Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 10:46
  • I've never used that function before - would I add "//length" to the end of the script and then have a new script console.log(length)? Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 11:20
  • just open developer tools of your web browser (press F12 function key), and under console tab write the above code i.e. $("div.ms-vh-div:contains('Topic')").length and see what is the output. If it is 0 you dont have that element on page. Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 11:35
  • oh that's easier than I thought it would be! It comes back with syntax error. I tried it with another columns details to make sure I was doing it correctly, it came back with 1. Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 11:47
  • Arey you sure it return a syntax error? Coz the above never never gives syntax error, it'll give the length as a number greater than or equal to 0 Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 11:54

2 Answers 2


Problem Solved. I have faced these situation multiple times and solved by using simple styling. Here I have picked up the header element by its position. Here the column MLOT (multiple Line of Text) is at 7th position. You can choose based on your field's sequence. I have used Script editor web part for this. pls Refer below script:

<style type="text/css">
.ms-listviewtable thead tr th:nth-child(7){
    color: red !important;
    width: 250px !important;
    font-size: xx-large !important;

Screen Shot:

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  • Is there a limit on the column width? Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 13:37
  • No limits on column width.
    – DvG
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 9:07

Put a script editor web part on the page and add following code. This will change the header styling.

.ms-listviewtable th{font-size: 24px;}

If you want to change the header of only one column then use script suggested by @DvG

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