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I need to have two windows with a document in Google Drive open side-by-side on a laptop, with whole text column visible at larger-than-default zoom.

The problem is horizontal scroll bar appearing on larger zooms, as Docs don't re-flow the text for current window size, but show it exactly as it will fit into paper width (see the right edge of either window): screenshot

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The only workaround I found so far is: set right margin in Google Docs menu File>Page Setup (for a chozen zoom level, find a right number through trial-and-error).

Obvious downsides:

  • you have to remember to restore margins before printing
  • if you change zoom level, you need to change margins
  • there's no instant switch between "fit to window" and "see how it will look for paper width" modes

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