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?

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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}


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, 2019 at 8:19
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    @AstroFloyd in my environment, org-latex-packages-alist is empty by default. May 14, 2020 at 16:20
  • One down-side of such modifications could be creating problems for beamer class exporting (geometry package is not compatible with beamer). Feb 1, 2021 at 0:23

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