# Making Margins 1 inch all the way around

1. Hi everyone, I created an account just to ask this question as it is really important. Several places that I am applying to require my CV to have 1 inch margins all the way around (on all sides). I'm using a LaTeX template I found online to type up my CV as I really like the way it looks. However, on the Template in the comments it says %adjust margins to 0.5 in all sides, so I think the margins for this template are 0.5 inch. I need, however (very important) for the margins to be 1 inch on all sides. Here is the source code (note: The information in the Cv here is just random information):
2. Now follows a code block:

\documentclass[letterpaper,10pt]{article}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\usepackage[empty]{fullpage}
\usepackage{color}
\definecolor{mygrey}{gray}{0.80}
\raggedbottom
\raggedright
\setlength{\tabcolsep}{0in}

% Adjust margins to 0.5in on all sides

%-----------------------------------------------------------
%Custom commands
\newcommand{\resitem}[1]{\item #1 \vspace{-2pt}}
{\begin{minipage}{\textwidth}{\textbf{#1 \vphantom{p\^{E}}}}\end{minipage}}}}
\begin{tabular*}{7.0in}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} & \textit{#4} \\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-6pt}}

\begin{tabular*}{7.0in}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} & #2 \\
\textit{#3} & \textit{#4}\\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-6pt}}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\begin{document}

\begin{tabular*}{7.5in}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{\large Bob Mars}\\
888.888.8888\\
bobmars@gmail.com
\end{tabular*}
\\

\vspace{0.1in}

\begin{itemize}
\item
\begin{itemize}
\item B.S., Engineering
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}
\item
2016 - Present}
\begin{itemize}
\item Engineer for Company 1
\item Did engineering work for Company 1.
\item Investigated different things. Overall, a great experience
that I truly valued and enjoyed.  The projects I worked on were
my favorites.
\end{itemize}
\item
2015}
\begin{itemize}
\item Worked on various projects
\item Used various programs. The programs I used were difficult
to learn at first but I soon adapted and things came more
naturally to me.
\item Received high marks for all my work. My work was
collaborative and highly enjoyable.  The best experience of my
life.
\item Worked for several years. A rigorous and difficult, but
pleasant experience. Overall, the best experience of my life.
Highly enjoyed.
\item Employee of the month twice. Both were my highest-achieving
awards during the job. Truly enjoyed the entire experience.
\end{itemize}
\item
2012- June 2014}
\begin{itemize}
\item Engineer for Company 3 for over two years.  A rigorous but
pleasant experience.
\item Worked on 3 projects.  All three projects were nuanced but
highly interesting in their own right.  A wonderful experience
that I truly enjoyed.
\item Used various programs. The programs I used were difficult
to learn at first but I soon adapted and things came more
naturally to me.
\item Discovered important relationships between various things.
\item Worked for several years on various projects. A rigorous,
but pleasant experience. Overall, the best experience of my life.
\item Figured out things nicely.
\item Promoted twice.
\item won award.
\end{itemize}

\item
2010-June 2012}
\begin{itemize}
\item{Engineer for Company 4.}
\item{Awarded best employee twice.}
\item{Used various programs. Was a great experience, that I
valued greatly.  Company 4 is a great company to work for. I love
the projects that I worked on.}
\item{Won awards for my work. Worked on various projects with
various people. Overall, a great experience that I truly valued
and appreciated. }
\item{A pleasant experience.}
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}
\item
\begin{itemize}
\item{Recycled and helped the community in organization 1 on many
things. Was a great experience that I really enjoyed.  }
\item{Worked for over two years in the same organization. We did
many things including beach cleanups, recycling events, various
events for the community.}
\item{Set up various events for the community and played a huge
positions}.
\end{itemize}

\item
\begin{itemize}
\item{Worked for this organization for over 3 years. We cleaned
up trash in the community and hosted several events.}
\item{A great experience.  Some of the best memories of my life
occurred while  volunteering for this organization.}
\end{itemize}

\end{itemize}

\end{document}


3.This is how the document looks like currently:

4.All I need is for the margins to just be 1 inch on all sides without the document looking weird. Thanks so much!!

5.This is how the document looks if I try using the \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}: (it's almost as if everything is left justified):

6.Is there a way to make the margins 1in by altering the code:

   \addtolength{\oddsidemargin}{-0.5in}

• Welcome to TeX.SE! Did you try \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}? – marmot Aug 8 '18 at 22:26
• I tried using that (after googling) but when I do the formatting becomes really weird. Like the margin on the left looks much bigger than the margin on the right. – bob bob Aug 8 '18 at 22:31
• @marmot I updated the question to include how weird it looks if I use \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}. – bob bob Aug 8 '18 at 22:37

1. Remove the line

 \usepackage{fullpage}

2. Remove all the lines modifying the margins (in 6. in your question).

 \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\pagestyle{empty}

4. Globally replace 7.0in with \linewidth.

5. Replace \begin{minipage}{\textwidth} with \begin{minipage}{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep} (thanks to Max for catching this.)

6. Recompile.

## Some explanation

The fullpage package is a rather old package to set margins to either 1" or 1.5", plus a couple of other settings to do with pagestyles. The option [empty] sets the document page style to empty (i.e., no page numbers). Since geometry is a much more general package, it makes sense to use it instead. We therefore have to add an explicit \pagestyle command to mimic the fullpage option.

The template you're copying also added manual corrections to the margins to make the margins .5", which kind of defeats the purpose of using fullpage in the first place.

It then hard coded values for tabular constructs in the document to the width of the text assuming the .5" margins. By changing this hard coded value to \linewidth you make the tabluars adjust independent of the margin settings.

Max's suggestion changes one other setting to make sure that the \resheading command doesn't produce an overfull box, i.e., exceed the actual text width.

Here's a full example:

\documentclass[letterpaper,10pt]{article}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
% Delete this line
%\usepackage[empty]{fullpage}

\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\pagestyle{empty}

\usepackage{color}
\definecolor{mygrey}{gray}{0.80}
\raggedbottom
\raggedright
\setlength{\tabcolsep}{0in}

% Delete these lines
% Adjust margins to 0.5in on all sides

%-----------------------------------------------------------
%Custom commands
\newcommand{\resitem}[1]{\item #1 \vspace{-2pt}}
{\begin{minipage}{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep}{\textbf{#1 \vphantom{p\^{E}}}}\end{minipage}}}}
\begin{tabular*}{\linewidth}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} & \textit{#4} \\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-6pt}}

\begin{tabular*}{\linewidth}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} & #2 \\
\textit{#3} & \textit{#4}\\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-6pt}}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\begin{document}

\begin{tabular*}{7.5in}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{\large Bob Mars}\\
888.888.8888\\
bobmars@gmail.com
\end{tabular*}
\\

\vspace{0.1in}

\begin{itemize}
\item
\begin{itemize}
\item B.S., Engineering
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}
\item
2016 - Present}
\begin{itemize}
\item Engineer for Company 1
\item Did engineering work for Company 1.
\item Investigated different things. Overall, a great experience
that I truly valued and enjoyed.  The projects I worked on were
my favorites.
\end{itemize}
\item
2015}
\begin{itemize}
\item Worked on various projects
\item Used various programs. The programs I used were difficult
to learn at first but I soon adapted and things came more
naturally to me.
\item Received high marks for all my work. My work was
collaborative and highly enjoyable.  The best experience of my
life.
\item Worked for several years. A rigorous and difficult, but
pleasant experience. Overall, the best experience of my life.
Highly enjoyed.
\item Employee of the month twice. Both were my highest-achieving
awards during the job. Truly enjoyed the entire experience.
\end{itemize}
\item
2012- June 2014}
\begin{itemize}
\item Engineer for Company 3 for over two years.  A rigorous but
pleasant experience.
\item Worked on 3 projects.  All three projects were nuanced but
highly interesting in their own right.  A wonderful experience
that I truly enjoyed.
\item Used various programs. The programs I used were difficult
to learn at first but I soon adapted and things came more
naturally to me.
\item Discovered important relationships between various things.
\item Worked for several years on various projects. A rigorous,
but pleasant experience. Overall, the best experience of my life.
\item Figured out things nicely.
\item Promoted twice.
\item won award.
\end{itemize}

\item
2010-June 2012}
\begin{itemize}
\item{Engineer for Company 4.}
\item{Awarded best employee twice.}
\item{Used various programs. Was a great experience, that I
valued greatly.  Company 4 is a great company to work for. I love
the projects that I worked on.}
\item{Won awards for my work. Worked on various projects with
various people. Overall, a great experience that I truly valued
and appreciated. }
\item{A pleasant experience.}
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}
\item
\begin{itemize}
\item{Recycled and helped the community in organization 1 on many
things. Was a great experience that I really enjoyed.  }
\item{Worked for over two years in the same organization. We did
many things including beach cleanups, recycling events, various
events for the community.}
\item{Set up various events for the community and played a huge
positions}.
\end{itemize}

\item
\begin{itemize}
\item{Worked for this organization for over 3 years. We cleaned
up trash in the community and hosted several events.}
\item{A great experience.  Some of the best memories of my life
occurred while  volunteering for this organization.}
\end{itemize}

\end{itemize}

\end{document}


• Also replace \begin{minipage}{\textwidth} with \begin{minipage}{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep} to prevent overfull hboxes. – Max Aug 8 '18 at 22:51
• Thanks, I'll try this and let you know how it turns out. So for 4. for everyline that has 7.0 in it, I replace with \linewidth? Thanks – bob bob Aug 8 '18 at 22:53
• @bobbob Yes, modulo the addition that I've added based on Max's comment. – Alan Munn Aug 8 '18 at 22:54
• Why did someone downvote this? – Alan Munn Aug 8 '18 at 22:55
• I upvoted it, but I don't think my upvote shows since I have less than 15 reputation.thanks for the help. – bob bob Aug 8 '18 at 22:56

I modified the template. Does it produce what you want?

\documentclass[letterpaper,10pt]{article}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\usepackage[empty]{fullpage}
\usepackage{color}
\definecolor{mygrey}{gray}{0.80}
\raggedbottom
\raggedright
\setlength{\tabcolsep}{0in}
\usepackage[margin = 1in]{geometry}

%-----------------------------------------------------------
%Custom commands
\newcommand{\resitem}[1]{\item #1 \vspace{-2pt}}
{\begin{minipage}{\dimexpr\linewidth-2\fboxsep}{\textbf{#1 \vphantom{p\^{E}}}}\end{minipage}}}}
\begin{tabular*}{\linewidth}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} & \textit{#4} \\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-6pt}}

\begin{tabular*}{l\linewidth}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{#1} & #2 \\
\textit{#3} & \textit{#4}\\
\end{tabular*}\vspace{-6pt}}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{tabular*}{\textwidth}{l@{\extracolsep{\fill}}r}
\textbf{\large Bob Mars}\\
888.888.8888\\
bobmars@gmail.com
\end{tabular*}
\\

\vspace{0.1in}

\begin{itemize}
\item
\begin{itemize}
\item B.S., Engineering
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}
\item
2016 - Present}
\begin{itemize}
\item Engineer for Company 1
\item Did engineering work for Company 1.
\item Investigated different things. Overall, a great experience
that I truly valued and enjoyed. The projects I worked on were
my favorites.
\end{itemize}
\item
2015}
\begin{itemize}
\item Worked on various projects
\item Used various programs. The programs I used were difficult
to learn at first but I soon adapted and things came more
naturally to me.
\item Received high marks for all my work. My work was
collaborative and highly enjoyable. The best experience of my
life.
\item Worked for several years. A rigorous and difficult, but
pleasant experience. Overall, the best experience of my life.
Highly enjoyed.
\item Employee of the month twice. Both were my highest-achieving
awards during the job. Truly enjoyed the entire experience.
\end{itemize}
\item
2012- June 2014}
\begin{itemize}
\item Engineer for Company 3 for over two years. A rigorous but
pleasant experience.
\item Worked on 3 projects. All three projects were nuanced but
highly interesting in their own right. A wonderful experience
that I truly enjoyed.
\item Used various programs. The programs I used were difficult
to learn at first but I soon adapted and things came more
naturally to me.
\item Discovered important relationships between various things.
\item Worked for several years on various projects. A rigorous,
but pleasant experience. Overall, the best experience of my life.
\item Figured out things nicely.
\item Promoted twice.
\item won award.
\end{itemize}

\item
2010-June 2012}
\begin{itemize}
\item{Engineer for Company 4.}
\item{Awarded best employee twice.}
\item{Used various programs. Was a great experience, that I
valued greatly. Company 4 is a great company to work for. I love
the projects that I worked on.}
\item{Won awards for my work. Worked on various projects with
various people. Overall, a great experience that I truly valued
and appreciated. }
\item{A pleasant experience.}
\end{itemize}
\end{itemize}

\begin{itemize}
\item
\begin{itemize}
\item{Recycled and helped the community in organization 1 on many
things. Was a great experience that I really enjoyed. }
\item{Worked for over two years in the same organization. We did
many things including beach cleanups, recycling events, various
events for the community.}
\item{Set up various events for the community and played a huge
positions}.
\end{itemize}

\item
\begin{itemize}
\item{Worked for this organization for over 3 years. We cleaned
up trash in the community and hosted several events.}
\item{A great experience. Some of the best memories of my life
occurred while volunteering for this organization.}
\end{itemize}

\end{itemize}

\end{document}


• Looks good, thanks @Bernard. I just want to verify with someone if the margins are now 1inch (just to be careful) as apparently employers are really particular about this. Are the margins in the picture you posted 1 inch (just to be sure)? Thanks so much! – bob bob Aug 8 '18 at 23:13
• @bobbob: as far as I can trust my pdfviewer, they're 1.00 in. If you want to measure on paper, add the option showframe to geometry. – Bernard Aug 8 '18 at 23:18
• How is this different from my answer? – Alan Munn Aug 8 '18 at 23:19
• How do I add the option showframe to geometry as far as the code @Bernard? – bob bob Aug 8 '18 at 23:23
• Mmm…I've taken a look at your code. Indeed, iy seems the single difference is ìn the first tabularx* – I set its width to \textwidth`, to have 0 bas boxes. Nothing findamentally different. Should I delete it? – Bernard Aug 8 '18 at 23:27