I agree with you, we have noticed an increase in the widths of columns. Especially the layout on financial statements. Here is an example we have:
This is on a ultra wide monitor and cannot see the numbers when everything is collapsed, which is crazy. We also have the same with grids. Why we are getting a scroll bar here is very strange:
Note: This widget on the dashboard has not been touched in months and the data has remained the same, but we now have scroll bars.
When I last raised this, I was told to change the property to “Paragraph” which would truncate the text after a specific length, but still with this its too wide. Also, the grid gets as wide as one of the values in the row, if you scroll down your list, does it have a customer name much longer than the others?
You could in SQL or in the designer create an expression of LTRIM(RTRIM([Customer Name])), which may eliminate the unnecessary spaces, but suspect it wont get rid of all the layout issues.
But back to your initial question, I do believe something happened a couple of releases ago which changed the behaviour of the layouts.