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I still haven't found out how to effectively solve Overfull \hbox (0.80913pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active warnings.

For instance, this piece of latex generates such a warning and I am stumped why:


\contactinfo is defined as follows:

\newcommand\contactinfo{\fontsize{8pt}{8}\selectfont\headerfnt Streetname 12324 \\ PostalCode City \\ +31655555555555}


*geometry detected driver: pdftex*
Overfull \hbox (0.80913pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active
[1] <logo.eps>
Overfull \hbox (0.80913pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active
[2] <logo.eps>
Overfull \hbox (0.80913pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active
[3] <logo.eps>
Overfull \hbox (0.80913pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active

Expected output is:

Streetname 12324                                       here comes
PostalCode City                                          the logo
+31655555555555                                     right aligned

I mean, both boxes have a length of 0.5\textwidth, the text is obviously smaller than this, as is the logo. How come it still generates such a warning? And how can I found out why?

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You need to escape spaces with %. E.g. \noindent\makebox[\textwidth][l]{% – Marco Daniel Apr 13 '12 at 11:50
did that: \newcommand\Header{% \noindent\makebox[\textwidth][l]{ \parbox{0.5\textwidth}{\contactinfo} \parbox{0.5\textwidth}{% \hfill\includegraphics[height=25pt]{logo}}}\par\vskip1ex% \par\ColTopRule\par} error remains – grrrbytes Apr 13 '12 at 11:54
hard to see in the comment formatting but you still have a space before each of the \parbox commands in that comment – David Carlisle Apr 13 '12 at 11:58
weird, I removed all spaces. To no avail – grrrbytes Apr 13 '12 at 12:01
\makebox[\textwidth]{...} doesn't care if you put something larger than \textwidth in it. So I doubt that the problem is from the content. I guess that you either have a additional space at the place where you use your \Header command or a non-zero \parfillskip value. Make a complete example. – Ulrike Fischer Apr 13 '12 at 12:37
up vote 19 down vote accepted

To answer the general question about how to debug the box warnings add


or if that is too much information


and then whenever TeX is showing box information in the log it will show you a representation of the contents of the box.

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Could you please tell where should I add the above commands? – Shray Sharan Aug 19 '15 at 14:39
@ShraySharan anywhere before the offending code, the preamble of the document for example. – David Carlisle Aug 19 '15 at 20:40
Overfull \hbox (4.0pt too wide) has occurred while \output is active [] \hbox(0.0+0.0)x430.0074, glue set - 1.0 .\glue 3.0 plus 1.5 minus 1.0 .\glue 3.0 plus 1.5 minus 1.0 .\vbox(0.0+0.0)x430.0074 ..\hbox(0.0+0.0)x430.0074 ...\hbox(0.0+0.0)x0.0, glue set - 430.00739fil ....\vbox(0.0+0.0)x430.0074 .....\hbox(0.0+0.0)x430.0074, glue set 215.0037fil [] ....\glue 0.0 plus 1.0fil minus 1.0fil – Shray Sharan Aug 20 '15 at 14:28
I have messages as in the above comment in the log file. I dont understand their meaning. Also when I click on the warning, it doesn't redirect me the line of code that has the warning.. Could you please help me out on this? – Shray Sharan Aug 20 '15 at 14:29
@ShraySharan you have something (most likely in the page head) that is 4pt wider than the page. – David Carlisle Aug 20 '15 at 15:55

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