My assignment requires me to have top and bottom margins of 2cm, and left and right of 3cm. Left and right perfectly work, but when using the geometry package as seen below, my top and bottom margins are 3,7cm instead of 2cm in size.

My preamble looks as follows:


\usepackage[a4paper, portrait, top=20mm, bottom=20mm, right=30mm, left=30mm]{geometry}

% Times New Roman





when using showframe, I get the following output: showframe generated pdf

but I want it to look like this:

desired look

The whole document's code can be found here:


\usepackage[a4paper, portrait, top=20mm, bottom=20mm, right=30mm, left=30mm, showframe]{geometry}

% Times New Roman




\title{Beweis des Satz des Pythagoras nach An-Nairizi und Versuys sowie Kritik und Vergleich beider Verfahren}
\author{timlwsk\\ Gymnasium Lorem ipsum,\\ Qualifikationsphase 1, Seminarfachkurs SF6}

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\section{Beweis eins}
We explain in this section how to obtain headings
for the various sections and subsections of our

\subsection{Historische Einordnung}
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\section{Beweis zwei}
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\subsection{Biographische Einordnung}
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Fließtext funktioniert offensichtlich wunderbar, doch die Frage ist nun, wie es mit einer Gleichung aussieht. Ein gutes Beispiel wäre: $1+e^\pi \cdot i=0$. Und wie sieht es mit Zitaten aus? \glqq Daß die Elektrodynamik Maxwells -- wie dieselbe gegenwärtig aufgefaßt zu  werden  pflegt -- in ihrer Anwendung auf bewegte Korper zu Asymmetrien führt, welche den Phänomenen nicht anzuhaften scheinen,  ist  bekannt.\grqq{} \cite{einstein}. Alles scheint also zu funktionieren.

% Zeilenumbruch


  • 1
    Welcome to TeX SX! Adding the showframe option to geometry shows a 2cm vertical margin.
    – Bernard
    Dec 6 '20 at 11:28
  • 1
    Please explain exactly how you have measured this length? Note that certain PDF viewers are known to scale down documents even if they are A4 to be printed on A4, thus your measuring method is rather important. Also please extend your example to a full minimal example (note that kantlipsum package provides the \kant macro that outputs a lot of English text, useful for testing).
    – daleif
    Dec 6 '20 at 12:16
  • 1
    Unrelated, babel options goes before {babel} not after and under babel a redefinition like \renewcommand\refname{Literaturverzeichnis} is overwritten by babel, use \addto\captionsngerman{\renewcommand\refname{Literaturverzeichnis}} for the correct method
    – daleif
    Dec 6 '20 at 12:19
  • @daleif I directly printed the export I got
    – timlwsk
    Dec 6 '20 at 13:19
  • @Bernard I added a screenshot!
    – timlwsk
    Dec 6 '20 at 13:24

You can load the titling package and use \setlength{\droptitle}{-12ex} (value found by trial and error) in the preamble:

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  • Thank you very very much! Do you have a clue why "Excepteur" overshoots on the right hand side tho?
    – timlwsk
    Dec 6 '20 at 19:56
  • Yes: that's because you didn't load the Latin hyphenation patterns, and latex has no rule to hyphenate such a word by default. Will you defend a thesis in Latin, as was the case in Germany up to the beginning of the 20th century? ;o)
    – Bernard
    Dec 6 '20 at 20:06
  • Would be pretty cool to hand it in in Latin tbh :D
    – timlwsk
    Dec 6 '20 at 21:01
  • Personally, I tend to replace QED at the end of a proof with ΕΟΔ.
    – Bernard
    Dec 6 '20 at 21:07

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