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The LaTeX layout package

Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

The layout package illustrates the LaTeX layout of the current document with a figure similar to the one below. The circled callouts refer to the accompanying table of standard LaTeX page layout values including paperwidth, topmargin, oddsidemargin, textheight, textwidth, headheight, and others. The package is useful for refining the layout of your document.

The options available for the package through the Options and Packages command on the Typeset menu determine the language in which the layout is printed and provide debugging aids.

The layout package doesn't work for documents created with Style Editor shells. It is installed in the TCITeX/TeX/LaTeX/required/tools directory as part of the Standard LaTeX Tools Bundle.

The document shell determines the typeset page layout. Many shells use standard layout defaults for LaTeX document classes.

How to draw the layout of a document

  1. Add the layout package to your document.
  2. Place the insertion point anywhere in the body of your document.
  3. Enter a TeX field.
  4. Type \layout and choose OK.

LaTeX draws the layout in your document immediately after the command.
Example of page layout

Last revised 01/20/06

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