I'd like to use the geometry package to auto-crop the output of my LaTeX (so that it looks bigger on-screen as I'm editing). I have found a way to remove the margins completely and brutally:

\geometry{paperwidth=\textwidth,  paperheight = \textheight, margin=0cm}

However, I'd like to be somewhat more gentle. I tried the following, but it does not work:

\geometry{paperwidth=\textwidth + 1cm,  paperheight = \textheight+1cm, margin=1cm}

The reason is that arithmetic does not work inside these arguments. (LaTeX doesn't seem smart enough to do the addition).

What is the correct way to achieve this effect?

3 Answers 3


It works if you load the calc package.




\geometry{paperwidth=\textwidth+1cm,paperheight=\textheight+1cm, margin=1cm}





\dimexpr allows for expression-like addition/subtraction of dimensions:

\usepackage{geometry}% http://ctan.org/pkg/geometry
  paperwidth=\dimexpr\textwidth + 1cm\relax,

calc automates this process through a redefinition of the length/dimension-related macro (\setlength, \addtolength, etc.).

  • Thank you! Apparently, I need another two reputation points to vote up, but I'm sure others will do it for me. Jul 31, 2012 at 19:10
  • @user21952-is-a-great-name You should be able to upvote soon enough. :-)
    – lockstep
    Jul 31, 2012 at 19:13
  • Just for information for those who do know it that division by floating point number is not allowed in , for example, \dimexpr\textwidth/3.14\relax. Jul 31, 2012 at 20:04
  • @HiggsBoson: Perhaps, but multiplication is fine: 0.3183\textwidth where 0.3183 ~ 1/π.
    – Werner
    Jul 31, 2012 at 20:12
  • @Werner: Yes. I agree. But fp is more expressive. :-) Jul 31, 2012 at 20:15

\dimexpr...\relax is not flexible enough because you cannot do division by a floating point number. \dimexpr\textwidth/3.141592654\relax, for example, is not possible!

That is why I prefer using the fp package because it can do any calculation.


\FPeval{Width}{round(pow(0.5,2)*10*sin(pi/2):3)}% $10\sqrt(2)$ in 3 digits
%     after decimal point
\FPeval{Height}{round(pow(0.5,3)*10+cos(pi/2):3)}% $10\sqrt(3)$ in 3 digits
%    after decimal point

    paperwidth=\Width cm,
    paperheight=\Height cm,





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