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Document 542

LaTeX document class options

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

Although the document class defines a shell document in broad typesetting terms, LaTeX needs additional typesetting instructions to format a document completely. Some of these instructions come from document class options, a collection of formatting instructions that define typesetting in more detail. The options can control body text font size, page orientation, number of text columns, print quality, page size, and many other aspects of document design and typesetting.

Default Class Options

Usually, each class option has several available settings, one of which has been selected as the default, such as 10 point for the body text font size or portrait for the page orientation. The options and their corresponding defaults differ from class to class. The default settings for the three LaTeX base document classes—article, book, and report—appear below. The class option defaults are in effect unless otherwise noted in the shell.

The option settings differ from shell to shell. If you're using a shell based on a customized document class, the default categories and the corresponding options may differ. You can examine the document class options in effect for a particular shell.

Class Option Defaults for article.cls
Category Default Options
Body text point size 10 pt 11 pt, 12 pt
Paper size 8.5x11 a4, a5, b5, Legal size, Executive size
Orientation Portrait Landscape
Print side One side Both sides
Quality Final Draft
Title page No title page (Title area on page 1) Title page
Columns One Two
Equation numbering On right On left
Displayed equations Centered Flush left
Bibliography style Compressed Open
Class Option Defaults for book.cls
Category Default Options
Body text point size 10 pt 11 pt, 12 pt
Paper size 8.5x11 a4, a5, b5, Legal size, Executive size
Orientation Portrait Landscape
Print side Both sides One side
Quality Final Draft
Title page Title page No title page
Columns One Two
Start chapter on left No Yes
Equation numbering On right On left
Displayed equations Centered Flush left
Open bibliography style Compressed Open
Class Option Defaults for report.cls
Category Default Options
Body text point size 10 pt 11 pt, 12 pt
Paper size 8.5x11 a4, a5, b5, Legal size, Executive size
Orientation Portrait Landscape
Print side One side Both sides
Quality Final Draft
Title page Title page No title page
Columns One Two
Start chapter on left Yes No
Equation numbering On right On left
Displayed equations Centered Flush left
Open bibliography style Compressed Open

Last revised 08/17/05

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