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I have been using the currvita.tex template located here with TeXShop. Unfortunately, the output is not 8.5" by 11". Is there some way I can change either TeXShop settings or the TeX document to adjust the page size?

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Carsten answers your question, but note that you don't have to use scrartcl. currvita.sty works quite well with the article class. – TH. Dec 20 '10 at 21:58
I've posted a similar question for the memoir class here: Customizing Page Size in Memoir – jamaicanworm Dec 25 '11 at 6:24
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The template uses the KOMA documentclass scrartcl. You can switch to letter paper by replacing the first line with


You will probably have to play around with the layout as it is optimized for a4 pages.

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You also need to pass the pagesize option, see Why does setting the paper size with KOMA-Script require TikZ? – Caramdir Dec 20 '10 at 22:05

Carsten's suggestion is good, just to add some other possible ways of changing page parameters.

A very quick and dirty hack, just after the \begin{document} add:

  \pdfpageheight 8.5in 
  \pdfpagewidth 11in

For a different way - to get finer control use the geometry package (just change the parameters to suit)

\documentclass{scrartcl}    % classe article di KOMA
  left=0.9in, includefoot]{geometry}
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the direct command didn't work. The only thing that geometry package did was to mess up with my figure without noticing any affect on the actual document size. – Yotam Jan 10 '12 at 20:51

For changing TeXShop directly, add:

--extradvipsopts "-t letter"

to the simpdftex command in TeXShop->Preferences->Engine->TeX + dvips + distiller and then use Tex and DVI when typesetting.

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