I am attempting to finish my LaTeX project, and I can't seem to get the PDF to compile to the right size no matter what I do. In my .cls file I have this set:

\paperheight 11in
\paperwidth 8.5in

But no matter what I change it to, it compiles to about 8.25x11.7".

I can post my .cls files or anything else for that matter if someone knows hat I am doing Here is my .cls file: usfmanus.cls - I am using BakomaTex Word for my editor. When I compile my PDF, I am still getting strange dimensions. I really appreciate this, thank you.

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    use the geometry package for such issues. – phimuemue Oct 18 '11 at 21:51
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    It is always best to compose a MWE that illustrates the problem including the \documentclass so that those trying to help don't have to recreate it. – Peter Grill Oct 18 '11 at 22:11

The correct parameters to set are \pdfpageheight and \pdfpagewidth:


However, this won't work in the "latex+dvips+ps2pdf" cycle. A code for both cases is


The geometry way is better:


or, if one wants a different paper size, (I'll use Letter paper sizes as example)


With the pass option, geometry won't change the class parameters for pagination, as it would do without it.

Note for BakomaTeX

As far as I know, BakomaTeX doesn't use pdflatex, so the


should be the one to follow.

  • Instead of 'paper' in \pdfpaperheight and \pdfpaperwidth, shouldn't it be 'page'? – cyberSingularity Jan 29 '18 at 7:23
  • @cyberSingularity They were changed in the meantime. Fixed. – egreg Jan 29 '18 at 7:32

The geometry package might be useful here





    hello world

  • When I compile, the finished pdf still looks like it's 8.5x11, even when I change the dimensions to paperheight=1in, paperwidth=8.5in. Why is this and how can I get a generated pdf that actually looks like it's 1 inch tall and 8.5 inches wide? – StatsSorceress Aug 20 at 17:56

you should probably use the geometry package:


and compile with pdflatex. If you compile with dvips and ps2pdf, pay attention to the driver settings

  • How do I compile with pdflatex? I am new at this and have been using BakomaTex Word. – naspinski Oct 18 '11 at 22:14
  • I am not familiar with BakomaTex. Just open a command window in your working directory (where the mydocument.tex source is) and type at the prompt: C:\mydirectory>pdflatex mydocument.tex and the respective mydocument.pdf with proper size will be created. – pluton Oct 19 '11 at 1:07

Try the following:


Here you'll find the documentation for the geometry package.


Here is method without using a package:

\pdfpagewidth 8.5in
\pdfpageheight 11in

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