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Our university's formatting requirements for dissertations require us to use the following margins (A4 format):

  • left: 4.3 cm
  • right: 4.3 cm
  • top: 5 cm
  • bottom: 4.7 cm

These pages in A4 format will then be cropped again to fit into a 17cm x 24 cm format with 2 cm margins on the left, right, top and bottom side.

I got this to work by adding the following to ClassicThesis.tex:

\usepackage[left=4.3cm,right=4.3cm,top=5cm,bottom=4.7cm,includehead,includefoot]{geometry}

I also used the linedheaders option to get the chapter number to fit nicely within the margin.

However, I was wondering if there's a better way to do this? For one, given these margins, the overal font size seems a bit big now.

Thanks!

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What exactly is the problem? This seem to work fine.

\documentclass[a4paper]{report}
\usepackage{classicthesis}
\usepackage[left=4.3cm,right=4.3cm,top=5cm,bottom=4.7cm,includehead,includefoot]{geometry}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\title{Lorem ipsum}
\author{Patrick Happel}
\maketitle

\chapter{Part 1}

\lipsum

\end{document}
  • It does work indeed, but I wasn't sure whether this was the right way to do it, as others have suggested using areaset instead, or to make changes to the .sty file to change the text-block size. – jozilla Feb 23 '14 at 17:04
  • If all you want to do is lose the big (page?) number, that can probably be done using a \renewcommand to replace something in the .sty file. Changing the usepackage itself is not recommended. – John Kormylo Feb 23 '14 at 18:24
  • One of the remaining problems is that the bottom margin is a lot larger than the top one (that's a problem with classicthesis itself, I guess). Any ideas on how to fix that? – jozilla May 23 '14 at 16:17
  • Either override clasicthese using geometry or simply setting the various lengths yourself – John Kormylo May 24 '14 at 3:34
  • Thanks! I actually fixed it by setting foot=0cm in the geometry command. – jozilla May 26 '14 at 12:54

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