UPDATE: I managed to reduce the problem to the following (turns out it does not relate to classicthesis)


\usepackage{marginnote}`enter code here`
\usepackage{lipsum, showframe}



  • If I remove \pagenumbering{arabic} it works
  • If I remove the titlepage it works

How can I get both a title page, arabic page numbering and correct margin notes?

Original Question

I use the classicthesis package and desire to place marginnotes into the larger margin (it's a twosided document). Thus in my preamble I have


Which places the note in the left margin for an even-numbered page, but the space is too large. See the below image enter image description here

How do I get it into a reasonable position without messing up the format of the document (I tried some geometry related tips, but I wan all margins and such stay the way they are, and simply move the note closer to the body)?

  • Please add to your question a complete minimal document allowing us to reproduce the problem. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 13 '15 at 15:04
  • If you use the showframe package you will see that the default marginpar area IS on the wide side (directly under the chapter number). – John Kormylo Aug 13 '15 at 15:09
  • You can increase the \marginparwidth (it must do its own fixup) but you will move the chapter number with it. – John Kormylo Aug 13 '15 at 15:43
  • @GonzaloMedina I have been strangely unsuccessful in reproducing the problem with a minimal example. I have therefore linked the repository above and I would be greatful if somebody were to take a look at it. – oarfish Aug 14 '15 at 10:30
  • @oarfish Check the answers here [tex.stackexchange.com/questions/14527/… You only need to issue \reversemarginpar once, maybe just below the chapter titule to preserve the chapter number's position (it's also in a marginpar). Then again at the end of the chapter. – PhilipPirrip Aug 14 '15 at 10:50

As per my comment:

enter image description here

  • Look at the upper and lower margins. Do you notice the page number running off the page? classicthesis assumes certain gloabl options being given down to typearea. I consider this one of the quite many bad decisions the author of classicthesis has made. – Johannes_B Aug 14 '15 at 12:58

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