# Front page in document class book not centered

I'm using the document class book and I am designing my front page atm.

I try it like this:

\documentclass{book}

\begin{document}

\thispagestyle{empty}

\begin{center}
FRONT PAGE \\
\end{center}

\newpage

\chapter{First chapter}

Foo

\end{document}


But this way it isn't really centered.. It's a bit on the left side, isn't it?

I hope you know this issue and know how to fix it!

Thanks for your help!

• The centering is working. book class sets up large margins on alternate sides of the page for binding purposes. If you use \usepackage{showframe} that will show you how the margins are set and you'll be able to see that your center environment is working. If you want to override the book class defaults and change the margins, you can use the geometry package. – A.Ellett Dec 30 '13 at 14:04

## 1 Answer

define another page layout for the first page:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[showframe]{geometry}
\savegeometry{origin}
\geometry{rmargin=2cm,lmargin=2cm}% for the title page
\begin{document}

\thispagestyle{empty}
\begin{center}
FRONT PAGE
\end{center}

\loadgeometry{origin}% restore the orign margin setting
\chapter{First chapter}
Foo

\end{document}


• how can I make the borders invisible? – mrbela Dec 30 '13 at 22:56
• ah. I got it... By using "\usepackage{geometry}". Thanks very much for your help!!! – mrbela Dec 30 '13 at 22:58