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 okular.kde.org/formats.php 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 biblprog.org.ua/en/pdf_xchange_viewer/historychanges/… 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
  • Have you tried Acrobat's most up to date viewer, DC, as Acrobat 9 is ancient (close to a decade old)?
    – JW0914
    Nov 6 '19 at 11:33

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.

  • 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
  • 1
    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" habrahabr.ru/blogs/ebooks/130308
    – osgx
    Oct 13 '11 at 11:54

Okular will trim margins. Here is the last version built for Windows 32-bit, which can be installed with Chocolatey: https://chocolatey.org/packages/okular/19.03.90

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