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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\headsep{0in}
\setlength\headheight{0in}
\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.

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