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I am trying to make my page numbers .75in from the bottom of the page. Currently they are about .5in or so.

I think \usepackage{fancyhdr} will work but what is the option to change this without changing anything else in the document?

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The distances in LaTeX are measured from the top and the left of the page. One has to know the other details of your setup to help you. –  egreg Apr 14 '12 at 9:23

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Add the following code by the end of your document header (just before \begin{document}). The calc package allows arithmetics with lengths and the \setlength just modifies \footskip to the desired value:

\usepackage{calc}
\setlength{\footskip}{\paperheight
  -(1in+\voffset+\topmargin+\headheight+\headsep+\textheight)
  -0.75in}

For more details on paper layouts see e.g. The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2e, section Page Layout.

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\usepackage[margin=1in,footskip=.25in]{geometry} should do the job.

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The OP specified that he/she didn't want to change anything else in the document. –  lockstep Apr 14 '12 at 13:04

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