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I want to use a smaller (as in height). I read in the KOMA-Script documentation that increasing the DIV value will reduce the size of headers and footers and enlarge the typearea (where the main part is) of the document. As you can see below i already increased the value to 18, but the footer is still huge and so much space on the page is wasted. The problem is that the institute i write this for has wants the paper to be maximum 12 pages long.

This is my first LaTeX/KOMA-Script work and it is also my final paper.

Below is a MWE, but it feels like it is better in this example than in my original document.

\documentclass[headings=small,a4paper,fontsize=10pt,
               twoside=false,DIV=18,BCOR=5mm,]{scrreprt}
\usepackage[automark,headsepline,ilines]{scrlayer-scrpage}
\begin{document} 
   \chapter{dummy}
   dummy-text\footnote{dummynote}
   \pagebreak
   dummy-text\footnote{dummynote}
   \chapter{dummy2}
   \section{dummy}
   dummy-text\footnote{dummynote}
\end{document}
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  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Please add a minimal working example (MWE) starting with \documentclass{...} and ending with \end{document} so that other users can reproduce your problem and have something to build their answer on.
    – Pier Paolo
    Apr 14, 2015 at 9:40
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    You can also use package geometry to make an ugly document. A DIV of 18 will make the text unreadable. You could resolve some of the issues by setting it in two columns.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 14, 2015 at 9:50
  • @Pier Paolo Hello, thank you for welcoming me! I edited the post to add a MWE.
    – hexxorlord
    Apr 14, 2015 at 10:03
  • @Johannes_B I already tried it with geometry and you are right it was very ugly and not the way i wanted it to look like. Is changing the DIV=Value best practice or can you recommend some other way to change the height of the footer?
    – hexxorlord
    Apr 14, 2015 at 10:12
  • KOMA (typearea) provides with DIV a mechanism that provides some reasonable type areas. There is a calculation going on in the background that ensures, that the proportion of height to width is in some limited values. You now are trying to override thos calculations. There is no point in using DIV to break it later. Use the proper tool, geometry to make the document ugly.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 14, 2015 at 10:20

2 Answers 2

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Use option usegeometry for the KOMA-Script class scrreprt. Then you can load package geometry and set only the bottom margin to your needs.

\documentclass[headings=small,a4paper,fontsize=10pt,
               twoside=false,BCOR=5mm,DIV=18,
              usegeometry% <- added
]{scrreprt}
\usepackage[automark,headsepline,ilines]{scrlayer-scrpage}

\usepackage[bottom=2.5cm]{geometry}% <- added

\begin{document} 
   \chapter{dummy}
   dummy-text\footnote{dummynote}
   \pagebreak
   dummy-text\footnote{dummynote}
   \chapter{dummy2}
   \section{dummy}
   dummy-text\footnote{dummynote}
\end{document
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  • You (i.e., me) learn something new every day :)
    – cgnieder
    Nov 10, 2017 at 14:55
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I used \setlength{\footheight}{0mm} to semi-achieve my goal. Thanks for your advice anyways. Especially @Johannes_B who clarified a lot of the mechanics.

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  • @ChristianHupfer Though this seems to be a comment, apparently it solved (maybe partly) the OPs problem. So it is an answer.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 19, 2015 at 12:27
  • @ChristianHupfer I might be new to tex.stackexchange.com, but as Johannes_B stated, for me this is a legitimate answer thats why i put it at as one and marked the question as solved.
    – hexxorlord
    May 19, 2015 at 12:32
  • @hexxorlord: If it's sufficient for you...
    – user31729
    May 19, 2015 at 12:44
  • Setting \footheight to 0mm results in a warning message and auto-enlarging of \footheight. Better use option footlines=1. However, both does not reduce the size of the foot margin but only the position of the page footer. Nov 10, 2017 at 18:00

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