Get Full-Screen on Your Kobo eReader: How to Remove the Footer

While in the process of making ebooks and converting them into the different formats, I discovered that different eReaders pose different problems.

One of the biggest problems I have encountered (so far) was with Kobo eReaders.

When I was making my alphabet books for kids (coming out soon, these are picture books primarily consisting of full-screen pictures), I discovered that while my own PocketBook eReader displayed all pictures in my epub files just fine, my brother's Kobo seemed to cut off most of the full-screen pictures at the bottom of the screen, just like this:

Kobo eReader with large footer cutting off full-size images.

Somehow the footer on Kobo does not account for the pictures (like it seemed to do with text) and didn't 'push' the image above the footer like my PocketBook did.

I did a search online and found out that many other people had similar issues with Kobo's footer.

People's issues with Kobo's footer seemed to be:

  1. The footer was way too big taking up too much screen space.

  2. They couldn't remove the footer in the "Reader Settings". Thus they had no user control in relation to the footer (the header is no problem, it just disappears when you exit settings and go back into reading mode).

However, after a quick online search I found a great article on how to control the footer on a Kobo.

How to Remove the Footer on a Kobo eReader

In his article (the one linked to above) Nathan from presents a way to not only remove the footer but to actually make it optional on your Kobo whether you want a footer (showing your reading progress) or full-screen.

All you need to do is to insert a small piece of code in the Kobo's config file, and a check box for full-screen will magically appear in your Kobo reader settings.

And luckily the way to do it is amazingly simple.

If you want a very quick presentation of how to do it with 5 simple steps, you can just follow Nathan's guide.

If you feel a bit insecure and are not used to doing things like this (fiddling with files and stuff), you might want to stay here, and I'll take your hand and show you step by step with images how to do it.

First you need to plug your Kobo into your computer with a USB cable. When you've done this your Kobo will ask you if you want to connect with the computer. You just say yes (or push the right option allowing you to do this).

What you'll want to do now is finding the config file. This is the file where you will be inserting some code.

When you connected your Kobo to your computer, the Kobo device should have appeared on your pc in terms of a folder. Just like in the image below. Once you see the folder, click on the folder ".kobo"

Finding the kobo folder.

Once inside that folder, go ahead and click on another folder called "Kobo".

 Second Kobo folder.

Inside that folder, you will find the config file that you need. It's called "Kobo eReader.conf".

The Kobo config file. 

You can change the config file right then and there by just opening it in Notepad (right clicking on it) and add the code that I about to mention.

But if you want to be on the safe side and want to have a backup of the original file in case you somehow mess things up, you might want to do like me:

Right click on the config file, hold it down and drag it to your desktop.

Drag config file to desktop.

Now right click on the file on the desk top and rename it e.g. "original-Kobo eReader.conf"

Now drag the config file to your desk top once again (now you'll have two config files on your desk top: the renamed "original-Kobo eReader.conf" and the "Kobo eReader. conf".

Why these two files, you may ask? Well, just for keeping, really. Now you have both the original and the new file and can always go back if you desire so.

2 config files on desktop

Now right click on the "Kobo eReader.conf" on your desktop and choose to open it in Notepad.

When you open the file, it will look a little something like this:

Open config file on kobo

Scroll down to the end of the document and insert these two lines:


Like this:

Insert the code into the Kobo eReader config file.

Save your document and drag it back to your Kobo.

Drag config file back to your Kobo eReader

Now safely disconnect your Kobo from your computer.

Now it's time to remove that footer from your Kobo:

Go into Settings on your Kobo (press with your finger in the middle of the screen to get this image):

Press settings

Then press Settings. Like shown above.

Once you've pressed Settings, you press Reader Settings (like shown below):

Choose reader settings.

Find the checkbox for the footer and untick it, so it looks like this:

Untick checkbox for header and footer on Kobo eReader.

Now go back to your ebook and enjoy your full-screen Kobo eReader with no cutting off of images. 😊

Enjoying the full-screen, no footer screen on Kobo eReader.

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