# [texhax] top margin problem

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Fri Oct 3 11:31:57 CEST 2008

In Plain TeX, this is the function of \topglue;
no idea what the LaTeX equivalent is ...

Philip TAYLOR
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Steve Schwartz wrote:
> 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