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I am working on a book right now and the margin notes are not appearing on the left-side pages. I tried using mparhack but it made no difference. Is my geometry, fancy style or another package messing up the normal layout? I am using pdflatex to render. Here is a minimal test case:

            \protect\renewcommand{\protect\cftchapleader}{%-- switch it on here
\title{Heroic Real Estate Otter of the 21st Century}
\chapter*{Thread 0}
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{Thread 0}


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The marginpar is outside the page. Try adding \hfill in front of $\psi$ and you'll see it. –  egreg Feb 8 '13 at 17:07
nice! So is that the proper work-around or is there a better way to set left-side marginpars to flush right? –  Brendan Howell Feb 8 '13 at 17:23
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You have adjusted your page margins, but haven't adjusted the marginpar dimensions to match. I suggest adding parameters to your call of the geometry package:

  marginparwidth=7mm,     % + <- Width of your marginpar
  marginparsep=1mm,       % + <- Gap between text block and marginpar

This will also allow you, if you need, to see the content without re-specifying alignments.

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Use this:


and use \mymarginpar{$\psi$}

The problem is that the psi is off the page in your case.

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I had to use this answer as well to get it to align the way I wanted. –  Brendan Howell Feb 10 '13 at 19:33
This duplicates the text of the marginpar. Is there a way to do it without duplicating the text? In other words: How do I completely change what command is run based upon whether I'm on a left- or right-hand page? –  Geremia 17 hours ago
This worked better in my case: \newcommand{\mymarginpar}[1]{\ifodd\thepage\marginpar{#1}\else\marginpar{\hfill #1}\fi} –  Geremia 17 hours ago
Actually, this is even better because it detects the odd/even page number correctly: \newcommand{\mymarginpar}[1]{\label{marginpar:#1}\ifodd\getpagerefnumber{margin‌​par:#1}\marginpar{#1}\else\marginpar{\hfill #1}\fi} –  Geremia 16 hours ago
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