I just made a printout of my document in scrreprt. I went to a copy shop to see, if everything worked out. Unfortunately, the page numbers are printed only half (the bottom part is cut off). I asked the owner of the shop what was the problem, as the pages are visible on the actual pdf, as for example on page 8:

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The owner told me that the printer adds margins like 5mm, which cut off the bottom. It can be set to scale accordingly, but then my own set margins would not be 100% correct anymore.

My question is, what can be done in Latex to account for this? Maybe raising the numbers a bit? If that's an option, it would have to be possible without changing anything else with regards to format or positioning. My document is very much finalized. Any help is highly appreciated.

part of my preamble (let me know if you wanna see the full thing)

\documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, headsepline, headings=small, numbers=noendperiod]{scrreprt}
\usepackage{amsmath, amssymb, mathtools}

Or is it normal to let the printer do the final 'scaling'? Answer: No. I checked the scaled printout's margins which were a little bit too big (eg 2.3 cm on top instead of 2 etc.)

Edit: still looking for a simple solution which does as few as possible to the final document. 'Only' move up the page numbers a bit.

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    geometry is best to use for this. However, instead of merely setting the margins, consider the options includefoot as well, which should set the bottom of the footer to be (say) 2cm from the bottom of the page boundary. See the geometry documentation for more. – Werner Jan 17 '14 at 20:03
  • @Werner I read in the documentation on page 3, that includefoot results in shorter textheight. That's a problem because I cannot really shorten the text anymore ;) – TomM Jan 17 '14 at 20:19
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    Then request (from the printer) that they use larger stock... something has to budge it seems. – Werner Jan 17 '14 at 20:22
  • I will have to do that if there is no other solution. I was only wondering if there is no way to move all pagenumbers up by an arbitrary value. – TomM Jan 17 '14 at 20:24
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    There is certainly a value to move the footer up a bit (footskip or something like this). Check the documentation of geometry. Beside this: the source of the problem are your margins. They are too small. – Ulrike Fischer Jan 17 '14 at 20:41

Ok so what seems to be the solution under geometry is the following:

\geometry{left=2cm,right=5cm,top=2cm,bottom=2cm,foot=1.7cm} or more compact foot = <len> does the job.

I have checked the pages and everything seems to stay the same, besides the page number moving. Note that <len> is measured from the upper beginning of the bottom margin downwards, that's why 1.7 cm looks like a rather high value, but it's not when the lower margin is just 2 cm.

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