I would like to start each section on a new page and new geometry. For each section on a new page, \newcommand{\sectionbreak}{\clearpage} is used but I can't change the page geometry.

Normally, 2.5 cm should be inside, but for section pages, it should be 5cm.

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Is there a general tuning?

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    You should provide a small example that can be use for tests. Beside this what do you mean by page geometry? which values do you want to change? Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 14:45
  • If you want the entire section on one page, you can use standalone. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/244348/… Commented Dec 5, 2020 at 16:03
  • @UlrikeFischer I edited my question. Can you help? Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 22:53
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    you don't want a new geometry, you simply want a \vspace*: \newcommand{\sectionbreak}{\clearpage\vspace*{2.5cm}} Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 22:57
  • @UlrikeFischer thank you very much... Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 23:36

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There is no need for separate geometries for section and non-section pages. Instead, override the sectional command to insert an appropriate \vspace* at the top of the page. The following implements that under the default article class:

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  \vspace*{\dimexpr25mm-\baselineskip-3.5ex}% \section in article adds 3.5ex plus 1ex minus .2ex

% Add a vertical rule from the top of the page at lengths 25mm and 50mm, for reference


\section{First section}\lipsum[1-10]
\section{Second section}\lipsum[1-20]


The removal of 3.5ex comes from the article class' definition of \section that adds a vertical skip of 3.5ex (+ 1ex - .2ex); see Where can I find help files or documentation for commands like \@startsection for LaTeX?:

\newcommand\section{\@startsection {section}{1}{\z@}%
                                   {-3.5ex \@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}%
                                   {2.3ex \@plus.2ex}%

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