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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Force Evince to respect your zoom level

When using Evince on Linux to view a PDF file, selecting an item from the side pane when it is in Outline mode will often cause the page zoom to be reset to "Fit Page", despite what you may have manually selected as the zoom level. It turns out that this is actually in support of a rather strange "feature" of the PDF specification, as explained in this bug report.

If you want Evince to respect your decision on choosing a zoom level while browsing the document, you can use dconf-editor and go to the org > gnome > evince key and set the "allow-links-change-zoom" key to false.