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I made some layout changes to the scrlttr2 class by changing some of the lengths that determine where the elements are put. Is there a way to generate something like this figure from the manual with the layout changes I made to get a better overview of the new layout?

I am mostly interested in the gray boxes, not so much in the arrows and labels.

screen shot from the manual

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    The original source file is plength.dtx (the plenDIN part), the processing is defined inside Makefile.guide, lines 286-292. Some of the needed variables are defined inside Makefile.latexinit.
    – epR8GaYuh
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 10:20
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    With Letter Class Option visualize.lco some of the fields can be visualized. Search visualize.lco in the documentation.
    – esdd
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 10:55
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    I have never worked with LaTeX documentation files before, and they did not seem too straightforward. I will give it another shot as soon as I find some time.
    – gdkrmr
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 13:53

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Add the following to your preamble to visualize boxes that are normally of interest while designing a letter layout (changing lengths).

\LoadLetterOption{visualize}
\showfields{head,address,location,refline,foot}

According to the manual, this are all boxes (+test showing a 10 x 15 cm rectangle for print calibration) that can be shown this way. One needs to go a different way to visualize the rest of the gray boxes shown in your figure above.

A complete MWE:

\documentclass[backaddress=plain]{scrlttr2}

\usepackage[main=ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}

% change some lengths ------------------------------------------
\makeatletter
% Text block
\areaset{160mm}{237mm}
\setlength{\oddsidemargin}{\dimexpr 30mm-1in}
\setlength{\evensidemargin}{\dimexpr 20mm-1in}

% Letter Head
\@setplength{firstheadhpos}{30mm}
\@setplength{firstheadvpos}{17mm}
\@setplength{firstheadwidth}{\textwidth}

% Address Window
\@setplength{toaddrhpos}{30mm}
\@setplength{toaddrvpos}{45mm}
\@setplength{toaddrwidth}{75mm}
\@setplength{toaddrheight}{45mm}
\@setplength{toaddrindent}{0mm}
\makeatother

% visualize border of boxes in blue ----------------------------
\LoadLetterOption{visualize}
\showfields{head,address,location,refline,foot}
\setkomafont{field}{\color{blue}}
%---------------------------------------------------------------


\begin{document}

\setkomavar{fromname}{Max Mustermann}
\setkomavar{fromaddress}{Musterstr. 12\\34567 Musterstadt}

\begin{letter}{Dr. Moritz Busch\\Georgengarten\\30167 Hannover}
\opening{Mein lieber Freund,}
\blindtext
\par
\blindtext
\closing{Bis bald,}
\end{letter}

\end{document}

Image of MWE

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  • Welcome to TeX - LaTeX! You should expand this answer with an example that shows the type of output produced. While it is not exactly what the author ask for it could be a useful step in the right direction and helpful to others. Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 8:38
  • You are right the answer was very terse. It was essentially the stuff i was looking for when i landed here.
    – rnuske
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 9:14

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