I'm writing my thesis in LaTeX and i'm using


but I have a problem. I want, as in books, that the odd pages are shift to the right and even pages to the left. In my code-created pdf happen the opposite. How can I fix this problem? Thanks.

  • do you mean if you look in something like two page view in a pdf viewer? Pdf viewers are not always too sensible about that, but you can add a blank page 0 at the start to change the parity in such cases. – David Carlisle May 10 '13 at 8:56
  • Some PDF viewers also have a switch when in two-page mode, to allow you to place the odd-numbered pages on the left or (more correctly) right of the pair. Usually, the default setting is Wrong – Brent.Longborough May 10 '13 at 9:03
  • BTW, in most decently-typeset books, the outer margins (right margin on right-hand page) are wider than the inner margins. Do you want to do the opposite? – Brent.Longborough May 10 '13 at 9:04
  • Ok, thank you. I know how to add a blank page but I don't know how to numbering it 0. Can you help me? – Massimo Terrin May 10 '13 at 9:04
  • To Brent.Longborough, yeah I want the opposite. On right-hand pages the inner margin must be wider than the outer margin. And on left-handed pages the dual. – Massimo Terrin May 10 '13 at 9:14

The title is misleading: the book class doesn't do wrong shifting. The most common practice in typography is to have wider outer margins than inner ones.

However, your problem is easily solvable with the help of the geometry package: just tell it what your margins should look like:


Not that I recommend this. If you want equal margins after reserving a binding correction, which I don't recommend either, you can do


You'll probably have to set also the top and bottom margins to your liking.

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