I'm really struggling with what seems like it should be a simple layout question for KOMA scrlttr2.

I simply cannot find any way to get the bottom margin of a letter to be anything less than 2 inches. I've browsed through the KOMA documentation. I certainly understand the authors' wish for users to understand the principles of proper page layout for publication. However, a letter is not for publication. A bottom margin of 2-3 cm may be too small for publication, but it's entirely reasonable for a letter.

So I think it should be a fairly simple question, but the documentation provides pounds of theory but nothing like a simple answer.

First I tried the geometry package, but the "bottom" property had no effect. Scrlttr2 still insists on breaking the page about 2 inches above the page boundary.

Then I saw that typearea is recommended for KOMA scripts. The width parameter of \areaset clearly takes effect, but the height parameter does not.


I'm sure there must be a way to do this. There's plenty of room on the page for the content. It's just that scrlttr2 is refusing to let me use that space.

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    I have no problems to get text until the bottom margin - neither with \areaset no geometry. You should make a complete example that demonstrates your problem. Commented Nov 24, 2013 at 15:29
  • Marco: Thanks, but no, it doesn't help. My question referred to page margins, but nothing about the address or backaddress.
    – James
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 0:59

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By default there is space on the first page for a footer. You can turn this off with the class option firstfoot=false.

Sample output






\opening{Dear XXX}


As mentioned in comments there is additionally an enlargefirstpage option that can be used in the documentclass in addition to firstfoot=false, but I have yet to see any concrete example where this makes a difference.

A brute force way to get extra space on the first page is by writing e.g. \enlargethispage{3\baselineskip} just before the \opening command. However, this will not respect your original page boundaries and should only be used in an emergency situation.

  • This looks promising. I'll try a bit later this morning. Actually I'm using scrlttr2 by way of org-mode export, which supports a #+DOCUMENT_CLASS_OPTIONS line for such settings.
    – James
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 1:00
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    I believe, in some cases, you need in addition to firstfoot=false also enlargefirstpage as another documentclass option as well as something like \enlargethispage{3\baselineskip} after opening{}. See also this answer.
    – 0range
    Commented Jun 17, 2020 at 12:56
  • Indeed for me only firstfoot=false in combination with enlargefirstpage worked. By itself it didn't as it didn't geometry or typearea.
    – Andyc
    Commented May 13 at 18:54

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