[OS X TeX] Overriding Default Paper Type

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Jun 21 17:53:40 CEST 2006

On Jun 21, 2006, at 10:36 AM, Frederick Hoyt wrote:

> Hi,
> I have an i-Installer installation of tetex which has US-letter size
> paper as it's default paper size. I have to produce a document in A4.
> If I declare A4 size in the preamble:
> \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
> I still get letter size output.
> In order to get A4 size I have re-run the configure strict in
> i-Installer, which is inconvenient.
> Am I doing to something wrong such that the A4 option in the document
> class declaration isn't working?
> Thanks,
> Fred Hoyt
> UT-Austin


When using pdftex there are two ``internal'' parameters that need to  
be set to tell pdftex what the dimensions of the actual paper are;  
LaTeX doesn't do that since its processor agnostic. The easiest way  
to set these automatically is to invoke the geometry package.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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