How can I use the full screen width in Google Docs? Since the latest revision, it appears that a fixed-width display is all that's available. If I'm not printing, I have no reason to see a paper-size fixed-width view.
I have also been looking for a solution to this problem, and although it would be preferable to have a 'fit to width' option I have managed to find a reasonable fix on the mac at least. The pinch zoom function on a mac book pro (or View > Zoom in) will enable you to make your doc fill the screen. Presumably Chrome on windows also has a zoom in option.
Try these settings:
- Just once for all docs:
Print layout: unchecked
- For each doc:
Tabloid (11" x 17")(or
Legal (8.5" x 14")for 15" displays)
If the pragmatic goal is to maximize the usable width, the noted settings together contribute to this effect. If you're not sufficiently satisfied, you can decrease the margins.
Adding on to Dez's answer, if you need a better solution choose Legal 8.5" × 14" instead of A3 11.69" × 16.54":
File → Page Setup
Legal 8.5" × 14" gives you the best width to height ratio (
1.64705882353 width per height) out of the 11 possible options:
Also, some has suggested "Fit Zooming":
But you do not want to do this because zooming will make the document look extremely ugly. The pixels will get muddled just like how images reek foulness when zoomed upwards.