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Is it possible to increase the size of the main text in the tufte-handout class to 80% of the paper width?

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you can change it using the geometry package, but please create a MWE so people do not waste too much time trying out a solution for you. – Yiannis Lazarides Mar 14 '12 at 10:22
I believe that, for those who actually like it, the whole point of tufte-handout is the wide margins... – Brent.Longborough Mar 14 '12 at 19:32
up vote 5 down vote accepted

You can issue \geometry{textwidth=.8\paperwidth} in the preamble to recompute the typing area, but then marginalia would be set in a really tight space.

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