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:


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.


1 Answer 1


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


\title{Lorem ipsum}
\author{Patrick Happel}

\chapter{Part 1}


  • 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, 2014 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. Feb 23, 2014 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, 2014 at 16:17
  • Either override clasicthese using geometry or simply setting the various lengths yourself May 24, 2014 at 3:34
  • Thanks! I actually fixed it by setting foot=0cm in the geometry command.
    – jozilla
    May 26, 2014 at 12:54

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