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I'm writing my thesis using a twoside report. However, when it comes to the title page I think I want to have it centered i.e. the left margin and the right margin to be equal. How can I achieve this for the title page only?

This is a minimum working example demonstrating what I mean:

\documentclass[11pt,twoside,a4paper]{report}

\title{The title of my thesis}
\author{My name \\ \\ \\ \emph{Supervisor:} \\ My supervisor's name \\ \\}
\date{\today}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\end{document}

Thanks in advance!

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There is a difference between titlepage and the cover of a thesis.

The titlepage is inside your thesis and should obey the default layout.

The cover is usually outside and can/should be centered. To get a centered cover my approach is to separate it in a second tex document and include it with pdfpages.

\includepdf{cover/cover.pdf}

And my cover.tex

\documentclass[
    pdftex,
    fontsize=11pt,
    a4paper
   ]{scrbook}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[a4paper,includeall,bindingoffset=0cm,margin=2cm,
            marginparsep=0cm,marginparwidth=0cm]{geometry}

\begin{document}

\begin{titlepage}
\thispagestyle{empty}
    ...
\end{titlepage}

\end{document}

This approach is preferable because often you have to hand in cover and the thesis as separate files for print and you don't have to manipulate the default type area.

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This is a really clever solution! I will be using this alot, thanks! –  DoubleTrouble May 30 '12 at 20:30
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You can use geometry for this:

\documentclass[11pt,twoside,a4paper]{report}
\usepackage[margin=1in,bindingoffset=.2in,showframe]{geometry} %% Remove showframe in your document

\title{The title of my thesis}
\author{My name \\[5ex] \emph{Supervisor:} \\ My supervisor's name \\[2ex]}
\date{\today}

\begin{document}
\newgeometry{margin=1in}
\maketitle
\restoregeometry
\end{document}

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Note: Instead of using \\ \\ \\ etc. you can issue \\[5ex] to leave extra line space.

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The manual setting of the type area is not preferable in general as long as you don't have strict presets from your department. See the documentation of the Koma-Script package for a guideline about setting the type area. –  schlamar May 24 '12 at 11:47
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