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You don't need a sledgehammer like TikZ to crack this nut: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[svgnames]{xcolor} \usepackage{eso-pic} \usepackage{ebgaramond} \begin{document} \AddToShipoutPictureBG*{%\AtPageLowerLeft{% \color{NavyBlue!80}\rule{\dimexpr1in + \oddsidemargin}{\paperheight}} Fiddle dee dee! \end{document}

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This precomputes the default margins and stores them in (unused) length registers. One could probably put the \dimexpr expressions directly into the geometry arguments, but I wanted to make sure nothing changed on the fly. \documentclass[11pt]{book} \dimen0=\dimexpr \oddsidemargin+1in\relax% compute default left margin \dimen1=\dimexpr \paperwidth-\...

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If I have well understood may be this will help \documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{book} \usepackage[width=0.7\textwidth,height=0.7\textheight]{geometry} \usepackage{blindtext} \begin{document} \Blindtext \end{document}

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Use top option for package mcaption. \usepackage[top]{mcaption} I have used example-image-a as a picture and disable font used in your code.

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When setting margins for two-sided documents, the deciding question is how a left and a right page look next to each other, not how they look on their own. The right margin of the left page and the left margin of the right page become a single gap between the two type areas here, essentially a "center margin". In chapter 2 of the KOMA-script manual, this is ...

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