Control the page layout


Many of the features on this page are experimental and may change at any time.

There are a few ways to control the layout of a page with Jupyter Book. Many of these ideas take inspiration from the Edward Tufte layout CSS guide.

Let’s begin with a sample plot. You can click the toggle button to the right to see the code that generated it.

def make_fig(figsize):
    from matplotlib import rcParams, cycler
    import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
    import numpy as np

    # Fixing random state for reproducibility

    N = 10
    data = [np.logspace(0, 1, 100) + .2 * np.random.randn(100) + ii for ii in range(N)]
    data = np.array(data).T
    cmap =
    rcParams['axes.prop_cycle'] = cycler(color=cmap(np.linspace(0, 1, N)))

    from matplotlib.lines import Line2D
    custom_lines = [Line2D([0], [0], color=cmap(0.), lw=4),
                    Line2D([0], [0], color=cmap(.5), lw=4),
                    Line2D([0], [0], color=cmap(1.), lw=4)]

    fig, ax = plt.subplots(figsize=figsize)
    lines = ax.plot(data)
    ax.legend(custom_lines, ['Cold', 'Medium', 'Hot'])
make_fig(figsize=(10, 5))

Full-width content

Sometimes, you’d like to use all of the horizontal space available to you. This allows you to highlight particular ideas, visualizations, etc.

Full-width code cells

You can specify that a code cell’s inputs and/or outputs should take up all of the horizontal space (including the margin to the right) using the following cell metadata tag:

    "tags": [

See also

For tips on how to add cell metadata to your notebooks, see How should I add cell tags and metadata to my notebooks?.

For example, let’s take a look at the figure in the margin above in a cell with full-width set. We’ll tell Matplotlib to make it a bit wider so we can take advantage of the extra space!

make_fig(figsize=(20, 5))

Full-width markdown content

If you’d like to make your markdown content full-width, you cannot do so via cell tags. Instead, you have a few options:

  1. Use the {div} directive with a full-width class.. Any content with a full-width class will take up the full width of the screen. For example, the following code:

    ````{div} full-width
    Here's a note that will take the full width

    results in:


    Here’s a note that will take the full width

    For more information on <div> blocks, see Custom <div> blocks.

  2. Add a full-width class to directives that support classes. Many directives allow you to directly add a CSS class to them.

    For example, the {note} directive above allows for this:

    :class: full-width
    Here's a note that will take the full width

    results in:


    Here’s a note that will take the full width

    Check the documentation of the directive to see if it supports adding your own classes, or use the {div} directive as described above.

Mixing margins and full-width content

Be careful when mixing margins and full-width content. Sometimes these can conflict with one another in visual space. You should use them relatively sparingly in order for them to have their full effect of highlighting information.