I use the geometry package to define the physical page and the logical page sizes. For editing purposes I would like to print some material outside the logical page, i.e, outside the crop marks.

I have seen that on the texbook, where Knuth prints some words (for indexing??) outside the crop marks.

I did not find any package that can do that. The packages that print notes they put them in the margin. I would like to have a command that put the material at the same height that \marginpar does; and another that put the material at the top of the page.

I am using LuaLaTeX so, lua solutions are also welcome.


@egreg solution work to put the notes in the right margin. I am trying to put them in the left side with the modified version:


but I get the error:

! Argument of \@makebox has an extra }.
<inserted text> 

I checked the makebox command but I can find where is the error.

  • Perhaps crop package can be useful. It allows you to define your own crop marks, and you could hack that to insert any material there. – JLDiaz Mar 20 '13 at 15:35
  • You can probably just increase \pdfpagewidth after using geometry which TeX doesn't really use for anything but which the pdf reader uses to clip the content. – David Carlisle Mar 20 '13 at 16:38
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    Shouldn't the title be 'outside the logical page'? Outside the physical page is when my inkjet printer spews ink on the wall. ;-) – Alan Munn Mar 20 '13 at 18:41
  • @AlanMunn: You are right. I will edit it. – TeXtnik Mar 20 '13 at 20:24

This is a proof of concept:



This has a comment\extramarginpar{outside}

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