As you can judge from the page below, the vertical space between the text and the header line and the text and the footer line is not equal.....

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This is much more prominent in a PDF reader so I am trying to get equal space. How do I accomplish this using these settings?







\providecommand{\HUGE}{\Huge}% if not using memoir
\newlength{\drop}% for my convenience



2 Answers 2


Try using the native \areaset command from Koma-Script instead of the geometry package:

% Set the typeset area (trim - 2*margin)

Note by the way that if your book has to be printed, you might also want to add a binding correction to it, which can also be done with \areaset, for example, for a 1cm binding correction:


The problem might also come from the fact that you're drawing rules in the header/footer manually. The Koma-Script documentation explains how do draw a separator for headers/footers:


and the corresponding for the footer will draw lines between the header and the main content, instead of drawing it inside the header, so that might just fix your issue.

  • I've changed the class settings, removed geometry package and added the \areaset command, but the problem still remains. Instead, the whole page seems to shift up a bit. In case you are unclear, I have updated the image in the question.
    – yolo
    Jul 5, 2011 at 12:26
  • Raphink, is this tested by you?
    – yolo
    Jul 10, 2011 at 14:53
  • It's the settings I use for my own books, and I haven't noticed that problem. That said I don't use lines both up and down, so maybe I have the same issue and I just don't see it. See also my edited answer about not drawing a rule in the header/footer.
    – raphink
    Jul 11, 2011 at 5:29
\usepackage[includeheadfoot, margin=1.5cm,headsep=25pt,footskip=25pt,a4paper]{geometry} 

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