# Format nightmare

I'm writing my thesis first time with LaTeX. I have several headaches with the formatting of the document:

1. One 12pt looks on paper small than normal 12pt font size. Is that something that's known or my on of my settings is overwriting the default size?

\documentclass[12pt, oneside, a4paper, leqno]{report}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{a4paper, left=30.5mm, right=22.5mm, top=30mm, bottom=20mm}

2. I had a fancy hdr earlier today and it vanished. Have no idea why or how to bring it back.

\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}
\rfoot{Page \thepage}

3. I had page number starting from the Introduction and they vanished too. I have a TOC and Abstract without page numbers.

4. How do I fix the footer such that it is XX cm from the bottom of the page? Like in word. I have some page with a huge space between the bottom of the footer and the bottom of the page.

Here is the preamble sorry about it! I'm really new to LaTeX and made a mess of it.

    \documentclass[12pt, oneside, a4paper, leqno]{report}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{a4paper, left=30.5mm, right=22.5mm, top=30mm, bottom=20mm}
%\usepackage{times}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows}
\usepackage{cite}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\usepackage{scrextend}
\usepackage{apacite}
\usepackage{float}
\setcounter{tocdepth}{4}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{tabularx}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{eurosym}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage[flushleft]{threeparttable}
\usepackage{graphicx}
%\usepackage{epstopdf}
\usepackage{url}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{pgf}
\graphicspath{ {images/} }
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{boldline}
\usepackage{pdflscape}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepackage{pst-plot}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\usepackage{appendix}
\usepackage{mathtools}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{makecell}
\pgfplotsset{xticklabel={\tick},scaled x ticks=false}
\pgfplotsset{plot coordinates/math parser=false}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.8}
\usepgfplotslibrary{statistics}
%\newcommand*{\h}{\hspace{5pt}}% for indentation
%\newcommand*{\hh}{\h\h}% double indentation
\usepackage{amsmath}
\newtcolorbox[auto counter,number within=section]{pabox}[2][]{colback=black!5!white,colframe=black!75!white,fonttitle=\bfseries, title=Figure \thetcbcounter:#1}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows}
\setlength{\parindent}{15pt}
\setlength{\arrayrulewidth}{.05em}
%\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}
\rfoot{Page \thepage}

%Beginning of document:

\begin{document}
% \input{cover_page}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\include{abstract}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\pagestyle{empty}
\cleardoublepage
\pagestyle{plain}
\section{Intro}
Researchers have conducted studies in order to develop a deep
understanding of fraudulent behavior. We believe understanding the
psychological aspects of fraud can be very beneficial for fraud detection
and prevention.

\end{document}


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• Usually, size reduction in print is due to an option for scaling down in the printer driver. Check it, please. – egreg Feb 6 '16 at 20:59
• Also check the font used, maybe it just looks smaller because it has a smaller x-height while being technically 12pt. – ienissei Feb 6 '16 at 21:08
• egreg, I will check those when I go to print again tomorrow. @ienissei , the document properties in adobe says its on Helvetica bold and light. What does that mean in terms of the x-height or how do i find out. I thought I was using the default settings. – OAK Feb 6 '16 at 21:45
• @ienissei means that not all the fonts nominally at 12pt looks the same size. The x-eight is one of the characteristics of a font (approx the height of a lowcase letter with no ascedent nor descendent) and it changes from font to font. – Rmano Feb 6 '16 at 22:43

you had defined a fancy page style but commented out the use of that style, and even if it were uncommented you had over-written it multiple times with the empty and plain styles. Also there were several error and unclosed groups reported.

  \documentclass[12pt, oneside, a4paper, leqno]{report}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{a4paper, left=30.5mm, right=22.5mm, top=30mm, bottom=20mm}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{arrows}
\usepackage{cite}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\newtcolorbox[auto counter,number within=section]{pabox}[2][]{colback=black!5!white,colframe=black!75!white,fonttitle=\bfseries, title=Figure \thetcbcounter:#1}

\setlength{\parindent}{15pt}
\setlength{\arrayrulewidth}{.05em}

\fancyhf{}
\rhead{Fraud Discovery Using Data Mining}%<- this is quite odd, to have fixed head!!
\rfoot{Page \thepage}
\pagestyle{fancy}

%Beginning of document:

\begin{document}
%\input{cover_page}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\include{abstract}
%            \thispagestyle{empty}
\tableofcontents
% \pagestyle{empty}
\cleardoublepage
%  \pagestyle{plain}
\section{Intro}
Researchers have conducted studies in order to develop a deep
understanding of fraudulent behavior. We believe understanding the
psychological aspects of fraud can be very beneficial for fraud detection
and prevention.

\end{document}

• ! thanks words perfectly !! fancy header is back and page numbers. Two anomalies remain - 1. is the margin at the bottom, i'll illustrate in the original post with screenshots perhaps I didnt articulate myself well enough. 2 - there is a 'space' of almost a whole page but I there is no pagebreak or new chapter in between the end of the text and beginning of the new section. – OAK Feb 6 '16 at 23:31
• @OAK no don't ask multiple questions in one question and don't edit the question to ask new question as it makes the answers meaningless. start from a simpler document and ask separate questions if you have separate issue. – David Carlisle Feb 6 '16 at 23:33
• Ok good point in deed – OAK Feb 6 '16 at 23:35