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## produce LaTeX documents with regular letter margins

i’ve never really understood those small default latex margins. perhaps they’re for some kind of really small paper. in any case, if you’re printing on regular letter-sized paper (8.5 X 11) and don’t want to kill so many trees, try the following document settings:

\documentclass[12pt,letterpaper]{article}
\setlength\textwidth{6in}
\setlength\textheight{8in}
\setlength\oddsidemargin{0.25in} % LaTeX adds a default 1in to this!
\setlength\evensidemargin{0.25in}
\setlength\topmargin{-0.0in} % LaTeX adds a default 1in to this!
\setlength\footskip{1in}

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### 5 Responses to “produce LaTeX documents with regular letter margins”

1. on 13 Feb 2006 at 4:43 pm Anonymous

Um, I’m not sure, but my understanding was that it was for readability–there’s a certain number of characters per line that is easiest to read on a page, something between 60 and 70, and the default margins are set for the writing to be that wide. There’s a package called a4wide that narrows them a bit, as an alternative.

2. on 20 Feb 2006 at 7:08 pm Tigerhawk Vok

Also the “Savetrees” package, and “fullpage” package. However, this setup is really grand if you’re making a formula sheet that’s nice and typed up…

3. on 01 Jul 2008 at 11:46 am Rich

…another one that’s not central for me…

4. on 07 Sep 2008 at 8:25 am hsvckeimj amsfn

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5. on 10 Dec 2013 at 2:53 pm aj

Thank you, it worked good using pdflatex in Textmate (Mac OS X 10.6) with MacTeX 2013.