I have a 300-page document that has been typeset for lettersize (8.5x11 inches). I want to create a version of it such that the PDF output is simply scaled to fit on a smaller page size (e.g. 7x10 inches) without the layout or page numbering changing at all. The original fontsize of 11pt would of course be scaled accordingly (closer to 10pt).

Originally, I thought I would have to do this by operating on the PDF file using Acrobat or another tool, but I have since learned that the LaTeX package pgfpages with command \pgfpagesuselayout{resize to}[newsize] might do the trick. But documentation is spotty, and examples give newsize as a4 for example, without specifying how one might use a custom page size.

Can anyone give the magic formula, if there is one, for doing what I described at the top? Alternatively, is there another LaTeX solution that will do the same thing?

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    Try out pdfpages (not pgfpages), it has a good documentation. Commented Jan 2, 2016 at 20:15
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    note that pgfpages and pdfpages break hyperlink!
    – touhami
    Commented Jan 3, 2016 at 8:10

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I seem to have figured out the answer to my own question after studying the source file for pgfpages.sty. The following sample defines a new page size and gives it the name 4x6paper , then the resize to command is invoked.


{\def\pgfpageoptionheight{6in} \def\pgfpageoptionwidth{4in}}

\pgfpagesuselayout{resize to}[4x6paper]

executivepaper has same dimensions as 7x10 inches. So :

    \pgfpagesuselayout{resize to}[executivepaper]

Other existing pages sizes :

a0paper, a1paper, ..., a6paper;
b0paper, b1paper, ..., b6paper;
letterpaper, legalpaper;

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