[OS X TeX] 1/2" margins

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 15:48:42 EDT 2006

Frank STENGEL wrote:

> Le 11 oct. 06 à 20:32, Alain Schremmer a écrit :
>> For some documents, though, I would prefer the margins to be 1/2"  
>> all around an 8 1/2 by 11 page.
>> Is there a way to achieve that by renewing something?
>> (I don't even know how to get 1/2" margins as I got lost in  
>> Companion2ed.)
> Try using the geometry.sty package. It gives you a lot of control on  
> the geometry of the page. what you want could be achieved by the lines
> \usepackage{geometry}
> \geometry{paperheight=11in, paperwidth=8.5in, top=0.5in,  
> bottom=0.5in, left=0.5in, right=0.5in}
> There is some fine print regarding headers and footers, so be sure to  
> read the documentation...
Sorry I hit the send button by mistake. Here is the full response:

1) Right in the abstract, there is:

    For example, if you want to set margins (the left, right, top and
    bottom margins) to 2cm from each edge of the paper, what you need is
    just \usepackage[margin=2cm]{geometry}.

which i entered right under
in the documents where I wanted it and it works.

So, I am duly ashamed for not having tried it /before/ bothering the list.

2) Out of curiosity, and for the sake of esthetic consistency, instead 
of the above, I then tried

\Renewcommand\geometry{paperheight=11in, paperwidth=8.5in, top=0.5in,  
bottom=0.5in, left=0.5in, right=0.5in}

but the console replied undefined commnand.

What did I do wrong?

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