There's an occasion when I am forced to use geometry package instead of fullpage. However the document margins should match another document which uses fullpage.

Where can I find the default top, bottom, right, left values when simply using fullpage? The document class is article.

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    The fullpage README mentions "This pack­age sets all 4 mar­gins to be ei­ther 1 inch or 1.5 cm", which is straight-forward in geometry via the margin key-value.
    – Werner
    May 19, 2014 at 17:17

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The only difference between






seems to be that the head height and the head separation in fullpage are zero.

For the in default option, change margin=1.5cm into margin=1in.

Just for experimenting, I compiled the same document with both preambles; the one with geometry with red text. I converted the DVI files to PNG with transparent background with dvipng. Next I superimposed the two PNG files in a single document. Here's the picture showing no essential difference between the two.

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  • This does not produce the same output as using fullpage. Specifically, the margins of the abstract are different. I tried both cm and inch. Feb 29, 2020 at 14:43
  • @EllaSharakanski I can see no difference whatsoever. Are you using article or a different class?
    – egreg
    Feb 29, 2020 at 14:55
  • @EllaSharakanski See the result of the experiment.
    – egreg
    Feb 29, 2020 at 15:27

I have found that loading geometry with the [pass]option gives you access to all the features of the geometry package (at least the ones I use), without changing the extant page dimensions. Thus you can get the dimensions of the fullpage package, with the features of the geometry package available.

The pass option disables most of the options (not features), except verbose and showframe.

\usepackage[pass, showframe]{geometry}

Page 1 has the default fullpage dimensions (with showframe), but that has been reset on page 2 with a \newgeometry command, courtesy of the geometry package.

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