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I am having trouble reducing the footer space. I have a list of contents that is printing below the page number appearing in the footer. How do I solve this issue? I tried setting the footskip length but it didn't work.

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    What class are you using? Can you give a minimal working example?
    – raphink
    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:45

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The parameter for setting the distance of the text block from the footnotes is called in a peculiar way: \skip\footins (the LaTeX kernel doesn't provide a symbolic name as for the others).

Here's an example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[paperwidth=6cm,paperheight=4cm]{geometry}

%\setlength{\skip\footins}{1cm}

\begin{document}

Some text\footnote{A footnote} to go all the way to the end of this short page and show the
distance from the footnotes. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

\end{document}

The two pages with the commented setting:

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The two pages with the uncommented setting:

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You should provide a minimal working example.

As for question, \footskip should be the distance from the bottom of the last line of text to the top of the foot.

\footheight is the height of the foot box, and will probably be more useful for what you want to achieve.

Also take a look at the fancyhdr package. Even you decide not to use it, it explains page elements nicely at the very beggining.

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    \footskip is the dimension used as the baselineskip in the footer. The distance between the bottom of the text block and the top of the footer is \skip\footins.
    – egreg
    Sep 1, 2011 at 12:53
  • @egreg: Would you mind adding that as an answer, showing how the space can be reduced?
    – doncherry
    Oct 16, 2011 at 11:36

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