# [OS X TeX] Setting different margins for different pages

Nestor Aguilera aguilera at santafe-conicet.gov.ar
Thu Mar 17 16:02:06 CET 2011

On 16 Mar 2011, at 11:42, Alan Munn wrote:

> On Mar 16, 2011, at 9:58 AM, John B. Thoo wrote:
>
> Hi John
>
>> Hi, everyone.  I'm sorry if this is a FAQ, but I had a hard time trying to find an answer in comp.text.tex.
>>
>> Using \documentclass{letter}, I'd like to set the margins so that the first page is something like
>>
>> \setlength\topmargin{-0.5cm}
>> \setlength\oddsidemargin{90pt}
>>
>> to accomodate my department's letterhead paper, but then the succeeding pages simply have a 1-inch margin all around.  How can I set that in the preamble?
>
> The simple answer is that you can't.  However, using the geometry package, you can change the margins with \newgeometry.  This forces a pagebreak.  There's no way to do it automatically.
>
> So \usepackage[lmargin=90pt,tmargin=?, rmargin=1in, bmargin=1in]{geometry}
>
> then
>
> \newgeometry{lmargin=1in, tmargin=1in}
>
> at an appropriate break.

Before using another package, perhaps you could try inserting \vspace*{1in} or something similar at the beginning (assuming the first page will have the letterhead already printed) to leave space for it.

Best,

Nestor