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I am using the todonotes package to place notes in the margin. However, the notes it adds use less than 1/3 of the margin, which makes it so only 4-5 characters can fit on a line! It's difficult to read the resulting notes. There is plenty of extra space between the marginal note and the body; how can I get todonotes to use that space?

Here is a minimal working example:

\todo{this is just a minimal example.}
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It is difficult to guess, unless you provide an MWE(meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228/…). I would guess, that your \marginparsep has a very large value. Please have a look at (en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Page_Layout). – Andy Dec 1 '11 at 12:26
I guess from these answers there's not a \marginwidth, like \textwidth that can be used as the todonotes's default width? – naught101 May 4 '12 at 4:54
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Unfortunately, minimal is particularly bad to try the use of todonotes. If you use e.g. article (or whatever you would like to use later) it is already much better.

\todo{this is just a minimal example.}

I used the showframe package to make the page layout more obvious. You can have a look at this wiki page about latex page layout. Once you get the desired behavior, you can get rid of showframe again.

If it is still not enough margin, you can utilize the geometry package to give yourself ample place in the margin. You could add, e.g.,


and the upper page would look like this:

enter image description here

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Thanks! I was using [12ph]{article}. This helps a lot. – David Ketcheson Dec 1 '11 at 13:03

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