I want to add bigger margin to the left side of document for binding purposes. The default margin with report class is ~1.5 inches, but when I use the geometry to set the bindingoffset, whole layout is wrong. The side margins are shifted correct, but the whole pages is also shifted up and there is huge margin at the bottom.

MWE is here, comment out the geometry package to see the effect.

\usepackage[a4paper, bindingoffset=0.4in]{geometry}

\setlength{\headheight}{15pt} % fix headers

\parskip 1em

\chapter{Test Chapter}






What I want is same layout as if the geometry package is not used, just with bigger left margin. The left margin should be 0.4 inches wider than the default.

  • 1
    Pass reset as the first option to geometry? You don't need to pass a4paper to geometry if you pass it to the class.
    – cfr
    May 11, 2014 at 13:26
  • With the reset option the layout is still shifted upwards.
    – jnovacho
    May 11, 2014 at 14:47
  • Even if you use geometry to specify the headheight? You should tell geometry about that for it to calculate things correctly. reset is supposed to set everything to the defaults for the class.
    – cfr
    May 11, 2014 at 15:46
  • I don't know about the headheight, but the vmarginratio hinted by @eiterorm worked.
    – jnovacho
    May 11, 2014 at 17:18

2 Answers 2


The geometry package loads a different page geometry for your document. Among other things, it has a default ratio of 2:3 for the top and bottom margins. The option vmarginratio=1:1 provides equal margins at the top and bottom of the document. (Manually setting the margins will of course also change the ratio.)

\usepackage[a4paper, bindingoffset=0.4in, vmarginratio=1:1]{geometry}

I've used the following hack:


First I have found the values which produced the output nearly identical to output without geometry and then I have increased the left margin by 0.5inch.

I know it's not ideal solution but it works.

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