# koma-scrlttr2: bottom margin is immense, how to reduce?

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 However, a letter is not for publication.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.

\usepackage[headexclude,footexclude,landscape]{typearea}
\areaset{6.5in}{11in}


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.

• Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. – Marco Daniel Nov 24 '13 at 11:10
• Does this question/answer help: How to remove space between back address and address in scrlttr2? – Marco Daniel Nov 24 '13 at 11:10
• 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. – Ulrike Fischer Nov 24 '13 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 Nov 25 '13 at 0:59

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

First page:

Second page:

\documentclass[firstfoot=false]{scrlttr2}

\usepackage[english]{babel}
\areaset{6.5in}{11in}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}