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I want to use LaTeX for typesetting astrology charts, and won't need to use any margin notes. What's the best way to disable margin notes so I can have the space for wheel charts?

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Do you mean that you want to reduce the margins on the page, freeing up more space the astrology chart? If so, I suggest you take a look at tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=changemargin and the links therein. – Willie Wong Dec 13 '10 at 0:46
@Willie: yes, that's exactly what I mean. – Larry Coleman Dec 13 '10 at 15:01
And you're sure your readers won't be needing that space for notes? – SamB Dec 20 '10 at 0:15
@SamB: In none of my astrology readings I've done has the client ever taken notes. They have complained, however, about the charts being too small to read. – Larry Coleman Dec 20 '10 at 0:22
Oh, I see now. I had sorta assumed you were doing something more academic in nature with the charts ;-) – SamB Dec 20 '10 at 0:24
up vote 6 down vote accepted

You can easily set the margins to a constant amount using the geometry package, e.g.:


See the documentation for more info.

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That worked, thanks! – Larry Coleman Dec 13 '10 at 15:03
\usepackage[nomarginpar, margin=.5in]{geometry}

Or without a package:

\marginparwidth 0pt
\marginparsep 0pt
\oddsidemargin \dimexpr .5in -1in
\textwidth \dimexpr \pdfpagewidth -2\oddsidemargin -2in
  1. Remove margin notes

  2. Set left margin to .5in

    This step is tricky because oddsidemargin is not the length from the left edge, but the length from 1 inch from the left edge. So when you set it you have to subtract that inch.

  3. Increase body width

    Again, normally the body would be pagewidth - 2 * margin, but we need to account for the inch offset on both sides.

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