Is it a global setting the wordpress blogs don't use the full width of the screen? I would like to have mine stretch acrtoss the page - viewing at 200 x zoom does it, but I would like it to happen for any one who views them - can this be done?
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Can the view be altered to use teh space on teh left and right
No it is not a global setting. The themes we choose from come from a wide variety of themes designers who render them in different sizes. The only way to make them wider is through CSS editing.
If you have CSS editing experience, you can get the paid custom CSS upgrade and renew it annually. It will allow you to stylize the appearance of themes you find here > Appearance > Themes, but it does not allow you to change the functionality, by editing the underlying template. Also note that CSS is theme specific, so you cannot use the CSS stylesheets from other themes with the themes here at wordpress.COM.
Since there is no official Staff support for the CSS upgrade, and precious little Volunteer support, I recommend that you don’t buy the upgrade unless you have at least moderate understanding of HTML and CSS because you must be prepared to do the work on your own.
If you are considering purchasing the upgrade, you can go to Appearance > Edit CSS. There wordpress has provided a preview function where you can try before you buy.
As fare as what your reader's see goes if you make your theme wider then do be aware that the current trend is that most computers are using a screen size of 1024x768 pixels. Many readers are using mobiles, notebooks, laptops and ipads to view blogs so if you create a really wide theme all you force scroll bars to appear and we all know how much we hate scroll bars.
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