I'd like to format a letter in line with this image:Layout-grid

Instead of the usual three-part layout with Header, main body, and footer, I'd like to split it up into four parts:

  • Header and footer across the whole width of the text-area, with (say) 1" margins
  • the main body text indented further, say, by an extra 2"
  • A textbox left-aligned under the header that contains the address and date information from the letter.

I tried using the geometry package but could not figure out how to adjust only the margins of the main body without also affecting the header and footer (ignorehead option gave no joy).

  • This looks like a job for flowfram (no fancyhdr needed). Mar 1, 2016 at 22:40
  • A quick thought: fiddling with the tufte-latex package might do the trick. You would just need to put the address as a margin note and force margin notes on the left.
    – apc
    Mar 8, 2016 at 9:41

1 Answer 1


This is probably not the most elegant solution, but it's relatively simple.

\fancyhead{\textsc{this \hfill is a header}}
\fancyfoot{\textsc{this \hfill is a footer}}


\reversemarginpar\marginpar{\textsf{Some University}%
\par\textsf{A small department}%
\par\textsf{Back alley}%
\par\textsf{Small Town, NW 55555}}%

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