# [texhax] top margin problem

Steve Schwartz s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk
Fri Oct 3 11:12:33 CEST 2008

Anne,

On Thu, 2008-10-02 at 12:50 -0500, Mackenzie, Anne (LARC-D319) wrote:
> Is it possible to enter something at the top of a page
> that produces a blank but would be counted as part of the text height,
> so that the bottom margins will always look the same?

What you'd like to do is simply add a \vspace{1in} at the beginning of
the page (or \vskip in plain tex), but (La)TeX will gobble this up. So
you need to put something invisible at the top of the page.

Try:

\phantom{.}\vspace{1in}

This may skip a bit too much (by \baselineskip it a line gets allocated
by the \phantom) but you can easily adjust the amount of \vspace to get
what you want.

Does this help?

Steve
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