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Basically, I would like to know how to achieve margin/width extension, similar to what Word/OpenOffice does when users insert comments. I am using the todonotes package and am collaborating on a document, but because it is twin column the margins are too narrow and the notes become distorted, reducing their utility.

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    If you want to simply increase the width of the todonotes use \setlength{\marginparwidth}{4cm}. If you want to increase the page layout, i.e. the borders left and right to the text you could use the geometry package. – Jörg Nov 6 '12 at 16:32
  • Welcome to TeX.SE. – Peter Grill Nov 7 '12 at 5:53
  • Does my comment address your issue? If yes, let me know and I can post it as an answer. – Jörg Nov 8 '12 at 11:56
  • @Jörg With no feedback, I think it would be best to make that an answer. – Joseph Wright Nov 20 '12 at 8:07
  • I had the same problem as the thread opener did. You comment did what I looked for. Would also vote for making it an answer. Maybe include reference to geometry package (\usepackage[margin=1.5in]{geometry}) for making the "content" smaller to allow space for the wider todo notes. – fabianfuchs Nov 24 '14 at 13:15
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If you want to simply increase the width of the todonotes use \setlength{\marginparwidth}{4cm} in your preamble.

If you want to increase the page layout, i.e. the borders left and right to the text you could load the geometry package and give appropriate options, for instance usepackage[left=1cm,right=1cm,top=3cm,bottom=3cm,nohead,nofoot]{geometry}. The geometrypackage is very powerful, so it's a good idea to have a look at the manual.

  • Sorry for not responding - this doesn't do what I need however. – user1207217 Jan 19 '13 at 9:08
  • in that way the todos are not shown fully – smihael Mar 5 '17 at 18:31
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I found that this works well if you want to make the paper wider while keeping the page layout unaffected (taken from this answer):

\paperwidth=\dimexpr \paperwidth + 6cm\relax
\oddsidemargin=\dimexpr\oddsidemargin + 3cm\relax
\evensidemargin=\dimexpr\evensidemargin + 3cm\relax
\marginparwidth=\dimexpr \marginparwidth + 3cm\relax
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    This is the correct answer. Without these additions, we only see half of the notes, which are extending outside of the page. – Denis Cousineau Jan 14 at 3:48

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