# [OS X TeX] printing surprises

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Jun 13 16:28:32 EDT 2012

On Jun 13, 2012, at 3:08 PM, Charlie Ros5e wrote:

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> On 2012 Jun 13, at 12:27 PM, konstantinos vasilakos wrote:
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>> Hello, as the subject suggests, is there any possibility that one can be sure about the size of the generated document ?
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>> I want to print this as an A4 size document, is there any command that creates it, or is it by default an A4 size.
>> As it looks no there is nothing that shows otherwise, it looks ok.
>> I want to eliminate any possibility of surprises on the print shop.
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>> Thanks
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> You need only modify your \document statement to include "a4paper" as follows. (The "12pt" is, of course, independent of the "a4paper".)
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> \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}
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Howdy,

Unless you know that you have a4paper as the default paper size for all typesetting engines just setting the a4paper size in the \documentclass command won't tell the engine (e.g., pdflatex) to actually use a4paper.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)