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I'm beginning with LaTeX, so this question is may be obvious. When using moderncv package, if I add footnotes to my document, the footnotes take too much space.

How can I decrease the footnotes margin?

Here is a miminal example (MWE) to reproduce the problem:

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,sans]{moderncv}
\moderncvstyle{classic}

\usepackage[bottom,norule]{footmisc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[scale=0.75]{geometry}

\firstname{John}
\familyname{Doe}
\address{street and number}{postcode city}
\mobile{+1~(234)~567~890}
\phone{+2~(345)~678~901}
\email{john@doe.org}
\homepage{www.johndoe.com}

\begin{document}

\makecvtitle

\section{Computer skills}
\cvdoubleitem{category 1}{XXX\footnotemark[1], YYY\footnotemark[2], ZZZ}{category 4}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}
\cvdoubleitem{category 2}{XXX\footnotemark[1], YYY, ZZZ}{category 5}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}

\footnotetext[1]{First note}
\footnotetext[2]{Second note}

\end{document}
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These footnotes may be right, but for my use case (my cv have to fit in a single page), the footer takes too much space. –  user18018 Aug 26 '12 at 5:35
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Since you are already loading the geometry package, adjust the values for bmargin (the bottom margin) and footnotesep (the separation between the bottom of text body and the top of footnote text); for example:

\usepackage[scale=0.75,bmargin=1cm,footnotesep=1cm]{geometry}
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Thanks @gonzalo-medina, this works great! I also had to set a tmargin value. –  user18018 Aug 26 '12 at 5:38
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It is not clear what you mean by the footnote takes to much space. If you want the footnotes further down on the page, you can try to add this command on the first page:

\enlargethispage{6\baselineskip}

This will only work if you does not fill the first page with text, so it is a quick and dirty hack.

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Gonzalo Medina's answer allows to play on the margins of the document. If you wish to keep the same margins and ensure that your footnotes end up in the footer, you can do the following:

% Ensure the footnotes are pushed to the end of the page, whether it is full or not
\vfill
% Add the footer to the content of the page
\enlargethispage{\footskip}
\footnotetext[1]{First note}
\footnotetext[2]{Second note}

Additionaly, you can use both this method and Gonzalo Medina's to ensure the footnotes are all the way down (with \vfill) and reduce the margins (using geometry).

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