# avoid imported pdf page taking whole page embedding pdf within text

I'm using `\usepackage{pdfpages}` to drop charts into a `.tex` file. It seems that this is generating a lot of wasted space.

Anyone with a suggested fix?

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Welcome to TeX.SE. Please note that it is always best to compose a fully compilable MWE that illustrates the problem including the `\documentclass` and the appropriate packages so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. Basically show the problem instead of describing it. –  Peter Grill Jul 22 '12 at 1:07
`pdfpages` is only for including whole pages. Use the `graphicx` package and the command `\includegraphics` to include images within a page. –  Stephan Lehmke Jul 22 '12 at 5:09

Expanding the answer given in the comments, you can include a single page of a pdf document using `\includegraphics[page=1]{external_file.pdf}`.
2. Use options `clip` and `trim` or `bb` in `\includegraphics` (see `graphicx` documentation). This allows you to do the "cropping" at including time, and can be a good form of automation if all your external pdf figures have the same amount of margin.