I am writing my thesis and using the excellent classicthesis package. My university has strict margin guidelines for submission (left = 1.5in, right = 1in, top = 1in, bottom = 1in). I played around a little using the areaset command to modify the textwidth and was able to get the right margins after some iterations. But i was wondering if anyone could help me with an elegant way to do it so that I can replicate it in the future for other specifications.

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    I think that would defeat the purpose of using classicthesis, which is to emulate the layout of The Elements of Typographic Style. I would use memoir instead.
    – Emre
    Jul 4, 2011 at 5:13
  • I understand. In fact I would be using the default settings when I publish my thesis on Lulu. But I need the settings to comply with university requirements.
    – Ramnath
    Jul 4, 2011 at 5:16
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    try the geometry package
    – pmav99
    Jul 4, 2011 at 6:54

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Although, as others have said, this defeats the purpose of classicthesis, you can use the geometry package to setup whatever margins you wish:

  • Although this may help in overwrite the margin settings, I'm curious to find where/which part in the .sty files of the package classicthesis where the margin width is defined.
    – Jim Raynor
    Dec 2, 2015 at 12:31
  • You can find it in the source of classicthesis.sty, starts near line 238. Apparently margin settings are chosen w.r.t. paper size and selected font. Dec 3, 2015 at 9:03
  • This gives me a clash. It says: The package geometry has already been loaded with options: [] There has now been an attempt to load it with options [left=1.5in,right=1in,top=1in,bottom=1in] Adding the global options: ,left=1.5in,right=1in,top=1in,bottom=1in to your \documentclass declaration may fix this. Try typing <return> to proceed. Mar 10, 2016 at 17:17
  • When I use geometry to adjust the margins, the chapter numbers are not affected and disappear. Apr 19, 2016 at 15:05

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