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Is there a way to add a thin, ~1 inch tall, rectangular marker to the extreme right edge of each page in a large document to differentiate chapters (each chapter marked at a decreasing vertical position)? I want to provide a visual cue when either quickly scrolling/flipping through a long document, or to be able to visually see the chapters when looking at the physical edge of the printed thesis.

I am not sure if this typesetting element has a formal name (which has made it hard to search), but I feel like I've seen it in theses typeset in LaTeX before.

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Here is a nice alternative: tex.stackexchange.com/q/57031/17425 – Felipe Aguirre Oct 1 '12 at 7:34
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Those markers are called (by extension) "Thumb-indexes". You can find an example on how to implement them in Section 21 Thumb-indexes of the documentation of the fancyhdr package.

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Perfect, thanks. It looks like there are quite a few other packages that address this as well, including thumb and thumbs. – Deaton Oct 13 '11 at 14:13

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