Would it be possible to pull the columns of the Matchboard (preferably only the right one) to the desired width?
The segment match in blue makes the right column of the whole matchboard quite wide. Maybe the whole text display can be replaced by truncation in combination with a kind of hover technique. Also there could be something shorter than "Exact" (or Exact can be set smaller). A hook perhaps? A separate font of its own only for the MB could also be welcome.
There might be some room for improvement.
Right click at the Matchboard and choose "Shorten match information".
Uh, great. I did a search before, as I was sure this had already been addressed (and there is even no "matchboard" in the Solutions section either, though it is pretty self-explanatory).
Just two points
The first point is the answer to your second point. When the shortened information display is too short for you, you can see the full info in the Matchbar. If you need to refer to that meta info very often, there is no point in changing the default display option (the full info).
> I need to restart CT
No need to restart. Just move on to the next segment to refresh the view.