I am new to LaTeX and I am trying to place a rectangle (filled in red for instance) at the very top of all the pages of my document. The rectangle should be 0.5 cm high and with the page width.

I saw a lot of complicated threads to do that, but cannot manage to reproduce it.

My basic attempt by drawing a rectangle with \tikzpicture:



\fill[red] (0,0) rectangle (\paperwidth, 0.5cm)

The problem is that LaTeX only starts drawing at the top left corner of the margin and not of the page. I tried to use \voffset but nothing changes.

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Welcome to TeX SX! You don't really need TikZ for that: a simple coloured \rule will do, and the eso-pic package will let you insert what you want at any position in the page:





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  • Thanks Bernard, it works great ! Plus, I discovered new options. Note: I had to remove the option "showframe" in the geometry package. It crashed otherwise (maybe my distro does not support it). Jan 23, 2018 at 8:35
  • It's not your distribution, but probably you real code (or your real class) already loads geometry without this option, which is usually loaded for verification purpose, but isn't used in production.
    – Bernard
    Jan 23, 2018 at 9:38

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