I am using TeXnicCenter .When I generate the .dvi file top margins look decent. Somehow on converting the .dvi to pdf the top margins get squashed. Is this normal? How can I ensure that an inch of margin from the top is always maintained on every page in the final output pdf?
It can be caused by changes during the conversion from DVI to PDF.
Use pdfLaTeX for directly producing PDF, since this is your final output format. pdfLaTeX further offers nice microtypographic features available by using the
microtypepackage and more direct access to PDF features such as metadata.
geometrypackage for specifying the margins, it takes care of the driver (such as dvips) and ensures that the desired paper size and pargins will be used.
If you really need conversion, check out and use the right options for calling the conversion command
My choice would be using
typearea) together with pdfLaTeX.