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I'm using LyX to typeset a document, and get a predictable page size when no footnotes are around. However, when I use footnotes, those are added as extra at the bottom of the page, changing the overall size of the 'text frame' of the document. In my case, it's critical to keep the maximum frame consistent so that e-readers such as KDX would show them uniformly without text shrinking. So my question - is there any way to tell LaTeX/LyX to do this?

Just to give an analogy, in InDesign you define a text frame and that's where everything goes - text and footnotes.

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If you are willing to use the geometry package, you could load it with the options includefoot (and includehead, if necessary) to inform LaTeX that the dimensions of the textblock should include the footer (and header, if necessary).

  • Thanks, can you elaborate on how I would set this up under LyX? I assume I need to add something to the custom header... – Dmitri Nesteruk May 2 '12 at 15:40
  • Just include the instruction \usepackage[includefoot,includehead]{geometry} in the document's preamble. – Mico May 2 '12 at 18:11
  • Interesting - when I add this statement, I get a completely different frame size. Do I have to redefine it now? – Dmitri Nesteruk May 2 '12 at 18:34
  • The answer is going to depend importantly on your paper and textblock dimensions, about which you haven't told us much so far. Please check out the manual of the geometry package -- there's a link to it in the answer I provided initially -- for information on setting the horizontal and vertical margins. – Mico May 2 '12 at 18:41

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