How can I set the margin in such a way that one page has a larger margin on the left side and the other one a larger margin on the right side?

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Update: I'm using the article document class.

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    Please tell us which document class you employ.
    – Mico
    Mar 2, 2023 at 14:09
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    most classes have a twoside option to do that Mar 2, 2023 at 14:10
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    @Mico article class Mar 2, 2023 at 14:20

2 Answers 2


I suggest you load the article document class with the option twoside.

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Please see section 3 of the user guide of the geometry package for more information about setting page margins. In particular, if you use the geometry package to set the page parameter, you should use the parameters inner and outer, rather than left and right, when the twoside document class is in effect.

\usepackage{lipsum} % filler text


You can use a line code like this:

\usepackage[paperwidth=17.5cm,paperheight=23cm, inner=1.5cm,outer=5.5cm,top=3cm,bottom=3cm]{geometry}
  • Unless one also specifies the option twoside -- either as an argument of the \documentclass instruction or as an option when loading the geometry package -- the instruction shown above will not let the OP achieve their formatting objective. Instead, it'll create the same (highly asymmetrical!) layout on every single page, regardless of whether the page is even- or odd-numbered.
    – Mico
    Mar 2, 2023 at 19:04
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    @Mico I know and I forgot this aspect. But You can follow this link tex.stackexchange.com/a/151533/24644 where I done (2013) a more complete answer on different aspects for bigger outer margin of twosided book: marginpar, headers, ... Mar 2, 2023 at 22:01

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