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I view a lot of PDFs on my wide display (1280x800).

I want to view books with two pages on screen at once, but some PDFs have huge margins, so only ~60-70% of screen space is used even if I hide the menubar and toolbar in Acrobat Reader.

Are there any PDF viewers available which can cancel wide margins (hide them)? I will have a bigger font and higher usage of my screen area.


  • Windows 32-bit
  • Ability of view mode "Two-Up"/"Facing" (the two pages are viewed side-by-side, second is left from first)
  • Full-screen or "no toolbars" mode
  • Hiding of wide margins (with scaling of pages, no reflow needed; automatic or easy configuration of margins size)
  • Easy scrolling available (when I press a space, show the exactly next pair of pages; not the bottom part of current pages)
  • I need a viewer, not a PDF crop utility (PDF files must be kept in original form)

Already tested (they can't do what I want or I can't find the needed mode):

  • Acrobat Reader 9
  • Foxit Reader
  • STDU Viewer
  • Sumatra PDF (it tries, but it doesn't hide the margins, and the "Fit content" mode with two pages side-by-side does resizing wrong sometimes)
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The only PDF viewer I know of that does this is Okular. I suppose you could use it on Windows if you install KDE for Windows, but that might be overkill. – frabjous Aug 9 '11 at 14:05
How huge download (100s MB or several GB) will it be to install Okular and its dependence? – osgx Aug 9 '11 at 14:48
As says, Okular uses poppler to render pdf. Can the poppler do the task? – osgx Aug 9 '11 at 14:52
I didn't try yet, but according to this… PDF-XChange Viewer Added comment "Remove White Spaces" which removes whites spaces (margins) on a document's pages. By default this command available only via customization options. – alfC Sep 27 '13 at 7:27

There are some PDF editors which can remove the margins from a PDF. I use Nitro PDF, but it's not free. I think there are some free ones that can do the same thing.

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The question says "I need a viewer, not an pdf crop utility" – frabjous Aug 9 '11 at 14:03
If I can't have a viewer with margin-ignoring, I could build a "copy_pdf - remove_margin - open_in_viewer" process. Is the margin removing automatic or manual? Can I script this? – osgx Aug 9 '11 at 14:46
For automatic cropping, you could use either sopdf or a combination of ghostscript and calibre Details here. There's also the pdfcrop perl script. – frabjous Aug 9 '11 at 16:36
There is another converter: "pdftk $1 burst; convert -trim +repage $p $p" – osgx Oct 13 '11 at 11:54

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