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The objective is to draw circles in the place where the punch holes will be once the PDF is printed in a physical sheet of paper (If it matters, consider a two-hole punch.). Some sources say the holes are usually 0.5 in (1.27 cm) away from the edge of the paper. The closest thing I found was an answer that talks about the pdfcomment package. I have not tried that, but I think that it might be overkill and that there should be a simpler way.

Written as a more general question: How can you draw/write in the margins?

Software: texlive 2018, macOS.

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    The background package might be helpful. – Alan Munn Oct 15 '18 at 17:46
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    You can draw anywhere (including off the page!) so long as you tell LaTeX to ignore the size of the thing you are drawing - e..g put it in a box of zero size and let it overflow. You also need a "fixed" known position on every page to use as a datum point. That's basically how the answer suggesting eso-pic works. – alephzero Oct 15 '18 at 18:21
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    pdfcomment looks like the wrong tool, because the comments are associated with the content of the document, which might be anywhere on the page. You want your circles in a fixed position on every page. – alephzero Oct 15 '18 at 20:56
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There are lots of possibilities. A simple one is with eso-pic:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{eso-pic}
\AddToShipoutPictureBG{\AtPageUpperLeft{%
 \put(\LenToUnit{1cm},\LenToUnit{-10cm}){\LARGE$\circ$}}}
\begin{document}
blblbl

\end{document}

enter image description here

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    I added an image if you dont' mind. – Sigur Oct 15 '18 at 18:22
  • Thanks Ulrike and thank you Sigur for adding an image! Any way I can achieve this without using packages? – evaristegd Oct 16 '18 at 22:13

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