Default window size is unhelpfully small

Bug #287646 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2008-10-22
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Ubuntu Intrepid daily 20081022
Ubuntu Natty alpha 3, all updates installed
Ubuntu 12.10 RC

1. Log in to a guest session.
2. Do a Google search for "filetype:pdf" <>.
3. Open any of the results, and choose "OK" to open it in Document Viewer.

What happens: The document opens in a small window in the corner of the screen.
What should happen: The document opens in a window large enough to read in the center of the screen.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

not sure if that's really an application bug and specific to evince

Changed in evince:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
tags: added: iso-testing
Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

Is this still a problem on later version of the system, like Maverick or Natty? In my examples folder there are only 2 files, and neither of them is a PDF, so I can't test this usecase.

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

The problem looks exactly the same in Natty. (Once bug 730495 is fixed, you'll be able to test it in a guest session.)

description: updated
Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Martin Wildam (mwildam) wrote :

FYI: bug 730495 is fixed now.

I have the same problem on an up to date system running 11.10.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

When opening a PDF in Precise, the upcoming default Evince window is too small to read the content comfortable. This is a work flow interrupt because you have always to resize every Evince window opened.

tags: added: precise
Jochen Fahrner (jofa) wrote :

I'm wondering why this 4 years old bug is still unsolved. It should not be too difficult to remember the last window size and position and restore these settings at next launch.

JoLa (josef-latt) wrote :

Very annoying , this bug.


Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Jochen, remembering the last window size is a separate issue.

description: updated
b3nmore (b3nmore) wrote :

There are 3 slightly different situations we should clarify when discussing this bug:
1) the pdf was opened before -> evince open its exactly as it was closed (should work with newer versions)
2) the pdf wasn't opened before, but default settings were set by the user via Edit-Menu -> evince uses these settings. Works, except for pdfs stored in /tmp, like files downloaded by browsers (but this is fixed upstream:
3) evince was never used before or no default settings were set manually -> evince should use some sane (depending on the screen size?) 'default' default values. This is probably the issue we should discuss here.

colin hercus (8sli0) wrote :

I'm also having this problem but it doesn't fit b3bnmores scenarios.
Using Ubuntu 11.10, eVince 3.2.1

1. every time a pdf is opened it is on left of screen and close to top and it's vertical size is about 50% of screen.
2. I always have to drag screen to right and down and then resize the window.
3. I 've tried menu EDIT | Use Current Settings as default but it makes no difference, the window always opens in the same place. This is case whether I reopen the pdf I was using when I clicked before mentioned menu or if I open a new pdf. I cannot find any other options for setting default screen size.
4. If I open several pdfs each new one is lower by height of the title bar.

It would be nice if windows opened with fontsize large enough to be readable, 100% of original or perhaps smaller to fit page size on screen.

Thanks, Colin

Changed in evince:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Unknown → New
Glide (gprod-net+ubuntu) wrote :

I have the same problem.
What I would expect is Evince keeping the last window position/dimensions.
It's not and it opens each time small at the top right hand corner of the screen.
(Debian 3.2.60, GNOME Shell 3.4.2, Evince 3.4.0)

Any new information on this? I'm having the same problem in elementaryOS
(eOS freya, Evince 3.14.1)

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Damian, you can follow the link to the upstream bug report to see the current status: The latest patch was attached on 2013-11-01 and reviewed on 2014-10-19. Nothing has happened since.

Changed in evince:
status: New → Expired
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