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Draw: What is the space outside the page edge good for (and how to get rid of it)?

Two related questions about the Draw canvas size:

  1. Draw displays a drawing area (I'll call it "canvas") much larger than the page size configured at Format->Page. For example, I see an 8½ x 11 page, with margins inside that, but the canvas extends from minus 9 inches on the left to 16½ inches to the right, and similarly in the vertical axis. What does this "outside the page" area represent? What is it good for?

  2. Can the size of the canvas be configured, e.g., to match the page size? The main reasons I want to do that are so that zoom-in won't make the page fly entirely off-screen, and so the scroll bars will disappear if the window is large enough to show the entire page.