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I'm writing a summary of Russian grammar, just for myself. But the sections are short, so a large percent of the space is just headings and stuff. I'm looking for a compact style that will give me a better overview of the content. Smaller headings, less space for headings, etc. Smaller margins, so that more content fits on a page, would be nice too, I guess.

I've not got very much experience with LaTeX. Maybe a completely new style is not what I need. Any help is appreciated.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! Using \paragraph instead of \section saves space. Please help us to help you and add a minimal working example (MWE) that illustrates your problem. It will be much easier for us to reproduce your situation and find out what the issue is when we see compilable code, starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document}. – user31729 Sep 16 '14 at 20:13
  • Try geometry for the page margins and titlesec for the section headings etc. microtype is not primarily intended to save space but it tends to do so in general (as well as improving the typesetting). I don't know if microtype is of any use with Russian, though. – cfr Sep 17 '14 at 1:21
  • @ChristianHupfer No, don't abuse \paragraph for visual effects if you mean \section. They should be used in your input for logical mark-up: as cfr says you can alter the appearance using titlesec. – Joseph Wright Sep 17 '14 at 6:29
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Savetrees? http://www.ctan.org/pkg/savetrees Seems to do exactly what you want.

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  • Cool, I didn't know about this package! – user30471 Sep 17 '14 at 1:48
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Here is a simple layout which just uses geometry's scale option and titlesec's compact option. If you want smaller margins, increase the value .8 to a higher value. (1 would be no margins at all; 0 would be nothing but margins.) If you want larger margins, decrease it.

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
  \geometry{scale=.8}% use 80% of the page - adjust as desired
\usepackage[compact]{titlesec}
\usepackage{kantlipsum}
\begin{document}
  \section{A section}
  Only a little text.
  \subsection{A subsection}
  \kant[1]
  \section{Another section}
  \subsection{A subsection}
  A word or two.
  \subsection{Another subsection}
  \kant[2-3]
  \subsection{Yet another subsection}
  Some words for this one.
  \section{Yet another section}
  \subsection{A subsection for this section}
  Some text.
  \subsubsection{A subsubsection}
  With some words.
  \paragraph{A paragraph}
 \kant[4]
\end{document}

Compact layout

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