# Setting the layout the page regarding the bottom margins

Is it possible to make a very little space (even if it is 1mm) between the last line in the page and the number of the page?. For sure, I need to do this for all pages not only for one page. Note that I’am using \documentclass{article} and I provide

\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{footskip=15pt}


Here is a screenshot of how the bottom of the pages looks like. Your help is greatly appreciated.

The question in other words: Is it possible to get the number of the page slightly down ?!

• isn't this a repeat of your previous question tex.stackexchange.com/questions/338951/editing-margins Nov 13 '16 at 19:54
• No, it is different, since otherwise I would never re-post it. Nov 13 '16 at 19:56
• \geometry{footskip=1mm} should do it. However don't forget some letters have descenders (g, p,q,y, italic f), so 1mm might be a little just. Nov 13 '16 at 20:28
• Where can I add this command ? In a line ? or you mean that I have to edit footskip=15pt to footskip=1mm ?? @Bernard Nov 13 '16 at 20:30
• Neither question is very clear so hard to tell. It is always best to include a complete document that shows the problem. Nov 13 '16 at 21:00

The dimen register \footskip is the distance from the bottom (baseline) of the text area to the baseline of the footer. But to prevent overlaps, LaTeX forces a minimum separation of \lineskip between the bottom of one line and the top of the next (as can be shown using \footskip=0pt).

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}% MWE only

\newlength{\normalfootskip}
\setlength{\normalfootskip}{\footskip}

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-7]
\footskip=\normalbaselineskip
\lipsum[8-12]
\footskip=\normalfootskip
\lipsum[12-16]
\end{document}

• What \lipsum[1-8] precisely mean ? Nov 14 '16 at 15:17
• It lists the first 8 paragraphs of some obscure latin text. This is a standard way of filling a document for an MWE. Nov 14 '16 at 15:31
• Ok Is there a way to move the number of the page a bit down for just one page or certain number of pages not the whole document ?. Nov 14 '16 at 15:52
• Evidently so. You might also look at the afterpage package (using \global\footskip=...). Nov 14 '16 at 22:08
• @HusseinEid RTFM! -- Which is in the case of texlive or MikTeX easy: just type on the command line "texdoc packagename" and usually you'll get the PDF with the manual. E.g.: "texdoc lipsum" will display the manual of the lipsum package. Nov 15 '16 at 9:23