I want to export my org document as a PDF, but its margins are way too big. I would like to re-size them as I wish. I am using

#+LaTeX_CLASS: report

I do not know if there is a way. Any help?


The simplest way to tweak the formatting of a LaTeX export is by using the geometry package. Try something like this:

#+LATEX_HEADER: \usepackage[margin=0.5in]{geometry}

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    The second approach worked for me. Thanks! – makeMonday Feb 6 '15 at 7:37
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    upvote for the 2nd option! – JohnJ Oct 15 '16 at 18:20
  • I've removed the "1st option", as it clearly doesn't work. – Brian Z Aug 4 '18 at 12:45

Another way to achieve the same effect more permanently is to modify org-latex-packages-alist to add the geometry package, as follows:

(setq org-latex-packages-alist '(("margin=2cm" "geometry" nil)))
  • Does this overwrite an existing list, append to it, or is the default empty anyway? – AstroFloyd Jun 4 '19 at 8:19

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