Set margins for RTF output?

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26 Feb, 2013 10:26 PM

When exporting to RTF, you get 1.25" margins on the left and right. This is larger than I would want for most documents. Is there a way to change the setting?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Brett on 26 Feb, 2013 10:29 PM

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    RTF is a text format, not a page layout format. You get whatever margins are set in the application you open the RTF document in.

  2. 2 Posted by Matt on 27 Feb, 2013 02:11 AM

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    I don't think that's 100% correct. According to sources like, you can specify a few basic things like margins. But it appears that what I'm seeing are defaults, according to the spec.

    So, bonus if Marked ever adds the ability to override those defaults.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Brett on 27 Feb, 2013 02:12 AM

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    I'm not sure why it's an issue, could you explain in what circumstances
    this wouldn't be handled by an editor?

  4. 4 Posted by Matt on 01 Mar, 2013 12:59 AM

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    Well, since we're talking about Markdown documents, presumably the editor has no concept of anything formatting-related.
    For me, Marked is a tool for creating finished output documents. I'm not interested in opening the output in yet another program (like Word) to make more adjustments. For RTFs (and PDFs), I would want some control over document-level attributes like page size and margins. With PDFs you can get some of that using OS X's print-to-PDF functions, but that still only lets you control page size.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Brett on 01 Mar, 2013 01:04 AM

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    Marked's RTF export functionality is meant to be for export to rich text editors. RTF is a horrible format for sharing, in my personal opinion. For me, if I want to send a document for review it's going to be in PDF, and if I want to share a document for editing by others it's going to be in Word or Pages for change tracking.

    I'm only talking about personal preferences here, not what's best for all users, of course. I'm just trying to understand in what context you'd need to export to RTF as a finished document rather than direct to print or PDF.

  6. 6 Posted by Matt on 01 Mar, 2013 04:31 AM

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    I would use RTF export for the random office drone who wants a Word-compatible version of my document. I don't expect it would be a primary workflow ever. Perish the thought!

  7. 7 Posted by barrybfl on 01 Sep, 2016 07:07 PM

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    Go to the menu bar and choose File > Page Setup. Click on Paper Size and change US Letter (or whatever the current page size is) to Manage Custom Sizes. The next time I opened a new rich text document the new margins were still there.

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