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Is any way to change the look of the Lyx workspace to something more appealing?

I know it's not WYSIWYG, I'm just wondering if the look of the typing window can be changed to something resembling Word or a page view sort of look.

The far left aligned massive vertical space thing isn't so aesthetically appealing or welcoming for sitting down to work for 8 hours at a time.


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closed as off topic by egreg, lockstep, Thorsten, Claudio Fiandrino, Andrew Swann Dec 6 '12 at 9:51

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How is this off topic exactly?? The faq says "Related software and tools, BibTeX, MakeIndex, Lyx, etc." Is that not true? – Dirk Calloway Dec 6 '12 at 11:22
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Lyx is a free software, so you can easely change what you want in the UI and then recompile the software for you.

If you want that someone do this change for you, you have 2 solutions:

  • either pay a developer to do this job
  • or try to convince the Lyx community that your workspace will be better than the existing one by filling a bug report here
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Got it. Have people in the community made any alternative UIs they've created available? I searched but didn't find any... – Dirk Calloway Dec 6 '12 at 9:25
@DirkCalloway I'm not using Lyx, but I've just checked a bit the git repository and I think that the UI seems to be hard-coded. So changing the UI means forking the project... and I've never heard about a fork of Lyx. – Lionel MANSUY Dec 6 '12 at 9:42
Thanks. I thought it probably wasn't easy to do, but figured it'd be worth checking. – Dirk Calloway Dec 6 '12 at 11:26
I've not heard of alternate UIs. You can change the buttons easily. – scottkosty Dec 6 '12 at 18:02
A partial solution is implemented already - in the settings, you can find a "limit text width" option for full screen mode. Det appropriately, you will get margins on both sides. – Rasmus May 5 '14 at 0:30

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