Allow users to set three columns on Add Post/Add Page screen
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These days, an increasing number of people have desktops or laptops with high-resolution monitors. On such monitors, the layout of the WordPress Add Post/Add Page UI is not optimal.
On, say, a 1920x1080 screen, the first column, containing the TinyMCE editor and title field, occupies the vast middle of the screen, with the WordPress chrome at the left and Column No. 2 at the right.
If a user has chosen to show additional fields not shown by default - like Excerpt, Send Trackbacks, Custom Fields, Discussion, Slug, and Author - these all appear below the TinyMCE editor, out of sight on a widescreen. Take a lot at the screenshot attached to this ticket.
Showing two columns by default is perfectly fine, but those with widescreen displays would benefit from gaining the ability to change the number of columns in the screen layout to three without needing a plugin, or having to hack the admin. This doesn't seem like it would be too difficult of an option to add to core.
Allowing three columns to be set would permit users with hi-res monitors to easily make better use of the screen real estate: all of the available fields would be visible without the need for scrolling.
Many users, incidentally, utilize fixed-width themes on their sites, and if the theme is sending its CSS to the post editor in order to enable the user to accurately preview what the text will look like (truer WYSIWYG), having a really wide post editor is especially useless.
I've attached a three-column mockup I made in KolourPaint. The mockup shows what a three-column post editor layout could look like. As you can see from the mockup, all available fields in WordPress Core fit into the viewport.