Is there a way that you can set the default list view columns to display only what you need?
You can create your own custom workspaces using the triangle next left to the search field top right Bridge window and choose new workspace.
First you have to define your workspace by resizing or moving the panels to other locations (grab a panel tab and it will be surrounded by bleu lines, move to other location. A horizontal line means as a row in a column. A vertical line creates a column (max 3) and a surrounding line puts it in the same location as an extra tab.
Use either menu view / list or use the default Metadata workspace that also shows list view.
You can right click on the title of the column in list view and from the sub menu choose to insert or close certain columns. This is rather limited in options and the name column can't be altered at all (logically I would think…)
Try playing around and when satisfied save it as new workspace and you can always revert to it by clicking on the workspace name and sometimes also needing to use the reset workspace button (workspaces are still far from perfect but in its current state also proved to be very useful).
I have no answer as I would have to play around with it to see what works as you did with Omke's suggestion. I would have said similar things.
If there are fields you do not want to see go into preferences/metadata and uncheck those fields.
If you have load Bridge on startup checked in advanced preferences any change you make will not be saved unless you click file/exit first. Just closing program by clicking on X will not do it.
After you change the column order go to Window/Workplace/New Workplace and save it with Test 1. If you open a different workspace like "Essential" then change back to Test 1 what do you see? Is it as you saved it or back to original?
However, it re-adds default ones that I remove which is not ideal.
I see what you mean, should not happen but it does…
However, you can also change the order of the columns by dragging the tabs to a new position including the width (cursor in between two tabs). If you deselect the ones you don't want and fill the content panel with what you like to see and then save as a new workspace including panel location and sort order.
When you select the workspace again the other columns are added to the end and invisible unless you scroll (at least on my system - Mac 10.8.4)
I guess there has been no solution to this bug.. been trying to figure out how to do the same thing, and the columns keep reappearing..
that coupled with buggy displays when usings the mouse scroll that will always move left right instead of up down in the list view mode makes for things being hard to navigate.
Sorry I don't have an answer for you. I am pretty sure they do not have this functionality in there.
So for Adobe - This is a must have feature, it is not a "bug" because it is something they have not implemented. Adding some more content here in an effort to elevate the importance of this requirement.
The content grid columns need to be sticky. More than that, we need the ability to have multiple grid views. That is, a drop down with user-defined names that simply save the current user-defined grid view.
Adobe Bridge "kind of" does this with the legacy pinning feature (from old desktop UIs) over there in the "Filter" view. That is kind of weird because I have never seen that UI pattern used to save a data state. It is usually used to pin the whole panel to something.
Why is this is a must have? I am reworking enterprise mobile and desktop apps with thousands of icons. I need to be able to define and save specific grid columns and share those states with other users. I think this feature is in the enterprise version of the Adobe CMS with Bridge, our company doesn't want to buy extra seats for it. Therefore, even though our global teams all have Bridge, we are being forced to use JSON, metadata, and D3 dataviz.. because of this one basic missing feature.
Until then - I am going to poke around in the resource files with the app to see if there is a workaround.