# How to increase the width of the page used by my text

I want to decrease the white space on either side of my body of text. Is there a specific property I can edit to do this, or would I need to import a package and use that?

I don't think it's particularly appropriate to include my code, so I won't unless I am told that it is actually relevent to the question.

I am using the article document class.

• You can do that by hand, but i would certainly prefer to use package geometry. – Johannes_B Jul 30 '14 at 14:35
• It sounds like you just want to alter the margins: is that correct? If so, we will need to know what document class you are using (assuming LaTeX, of course). – Joseph Wright Jul 30 '14 at 14:35
• I'm using the article class, and yes I do just want to adjust my margins – Stormie Jul 30 '14 at 14:43

Like the others I prefer and would highly recommend the geometry package, (note that I have also included the showframe package which shows the margins). MWE:

    \documentclass{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
%\usepackage{showframe} %This line can be used to clearly show the new margins

\newgeometry{vmargin={15mm}, hmargin={12mm,17mm}}   % set the margins

\begin{document}
Insert your relatively wide text here
\end{document}


An alternative package is a4wide which makes the page size more MS word like:

    \documentclass{article}
\usepackage{a4wide}
%\usepackage{showframe} %This line can be used to clearly show the new margins

\begin{document}
Insert your word like text here
\end{document}


If for some reason you'd rather not use a package I highly recommend you visit the WikiBooks site. Using the \setlength command:

    \documentclass{article}
%\usepackage{showframe} % This line can be used to clearly show the new margins

\setlength{\oddsidemargin}{11pt}% the default is 31pt so decrease by 20pt
\setlength{\textwidth}{430pt}% the default is 390pt so increase by 40pt

\begin{document}
Insert your 40 pt wider text here, note 1pt ≈ 0.3515mm
\end{document}


You can use the geometry package:

\usepackage[left=2cm,right=2cm]{geometry}


Some classes (KOMA-Script, memoir) have internal means to do the same thing but the geometry package should work everywhere.

You could try something simple in the geometry package, such as adding \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry} to the preamble for 1 inch margins.

• While this might be a solution to the question, a full working example is much appreciated. – user31729 Jul 30 '14 at 14:40