I have a 24" monitor that I run at 1920x1080 resolution. When I view SO there is an excessive amount of whitespace. And the code 'example' markup boxes often truncate the data (they provide scrollbars).

Is there a way I can allow for more browser screen usage on SO?

With a monitor and resolution of my choosing it'd be beneficial for me not to have to scroll in a webpage to see content. Specifically the code snippet markup area's.

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  • No, I'm afraid not. Stack Exchange sites use a maximum width, and requests to change that have been declined. – ale May 29 '13 at 15:37
  • ...as you can see: Can SO have a fluid vs. fixed-width layout? – ale May 29 '13 at 15:38
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    I'm sure you could make a user-script to do it, just to see how crappy it would look. – Kevin May 29 '13 at 15:40
  • @AlEverett - Bummer, literally 2/3rd of my window is not being used. I believe usability is important too in regards to the code snippet scrolling as well (that is my main desire/request) – user146551 May 29 '13 at 15:41
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    Well, you could switch it to the Mobile view (link in the footer) which will fill up the whole screen viewport. – JonW May 29 '13 at 15:44
  • Ctrl + MouseWheel ? – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd May 29 '13 at 15:49
  • Look at this big garage. I need a bigger car. – George Cummins May 29 '13 at 15:51
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    @GeorgeCummins - Look at this big garage, weird I still can't open my car doors. ;) – user146551 May 29 '13 at 15:52
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    I often wonder why people seem to only use maximized windows... – Andrew Barber May 29 '13 at 15:52
  • @AndrewBarber: It makes us feel bigger, so hopefully the bears won't attack us. – animuson May 29 '13 at 15:53
  • @AndrewBarber - Even with the non-maximized window the code snippet markup area still has scrollbars. With a monitor and resolution of my choosing it'd be beneficial for me not to have to scroll in a webpage to see content. – user146551 May 29 '13 at 15:53
  • There must be a way of injecting a custom CSS file into a website. If that was possible, it'd be easy. – mattytommo May 29 '13 at 16:00
  • It should be possible using GreaseMonkey. – Danubian Sailor May 29 '13 at 18:29

You could use two browser windows, and put them side-by-side to read more than one question at a time :)

  • I'm not sure if joking, or genius...anyway, the SE layout is too wide for a 1920 screen...at least for mine. – Time Traveling Bobby May 29 '13 at 15:39
  • Well, it was an off-the-cuff answer. But I noticed on a 1600x900 display that even though part of the page is chopped off, I can still read all of the Q/A text when 2 Chrome windows are side-by-side. So this actually works for me... – Justin Ethier May 29 '13 at 15:52
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    If I overlap half the sidebar, I can have 3 SO windows side-by-side. Oh, 2560 monitors... – Kevin May 29 '13 at 16:02
  • @Kevin - Mmm... very nice :) – Justin Ethier May 29 '13 at 16:43

I can't see what the problem is here. For me I run SE sites in a chrome window that is just the right size, and for other sites I use different sized windows.

But then I don't run anything fullscreen - I'd prefer to not waste the space by extending something that doesn't need it, and SE doesn't need to be any wider.

  • Can you take a screencap of how it looks for you? – user146551 May 29 '13 at 15:51