[OS X TeX] 1/2" margins

Alain Schremmer Schremmer.Alain at gmail.com
Tue Oct 31 20:01:16 EST 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...
Earlier on I ran into a problem and got everything on the backburner for 
a while.

Essentially, my setup is as follows (all files are 

    Book.tex with \include{Exercise}
    Homework.tex with \include{Exercise}

The idea being to be able to print the Exercise by itself under the 
heading of Homework.tex.

But then, to minimize the paper used for Homework, I thought of using 
smaller margins.  So, as per your suggestion above, I used

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

commented out in Book.tex and uncommented in Homework.tex. It works fine 
except for the fact that  the default of \usepackage{geometry} is not 
the same as that of  \documentclass[11pt]{book}.

So, my question is how to change that default. The manual mentions:

    One can set up a configuration file to make default options. To do
    this, produce a file geometry.cfg containing an \ExecuteOptions
    macro, for example,
    and install it somewhere TEX can find it.
    The options specified in the geometry.cfg can be cleared by option

This would seem to do it but I have no idea how to let the default be 
that of \documentclass[11pt]{book}

I have a complete minisetup on which to try things (things are in fact a 
bit more complicated than above as I have a bunvh of renewcommands to 
show/not-show various things.) so it is not that I am afraid of 
demolishing things. It is simply that I have no idea where to start. 
Here, Companion2ed is no help to me.

Very hopeful regards

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