How do you hide columns when inside the ibuffer window?

I don't want to see

Size Mode Name

Sometimes I just want to see only the column Filename/Process

What I tried: googled ibuffer hide columns

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You can modify the variable ibuffer-formats:

 (setq ibuffer-format-save ibuffer-formats)
 (setq ibuffer-formats (append ibuffer-formats '((mark " " filename-and-process))))

After this, the backtick character (which runs ibuffer-switch-format) forces redisplay and cycles through the formats specified. In my emacs, after running the above, there are now three formats in that cycle.

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    FWIW, I recommend including mark in every format, i.e. (mark " " filename-and-process) or similar, to reduce the risk of accidental mishaps.
    – Basil
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 17:37

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