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I need to print some mathematical articles. But the margin is too large, so I want to edit it to solve this problem.

One way is converting it to Microsoft Word (I think). But I tried some programs and they give very bad conversions.

How would you solve it? I am sure that some of you encounter this problem regularly.

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Too large for what? Can't you just rescale in the print dialog box? –  Qiaochu Yuan Jul 30 '11 at 3:42
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This is a site for mathematics Q&A. I'm not aware of any way to convert .pdf to .doc meaningfully, and if these articles are scans then you're even more screwed. –  anon Jul 30 '11 at 3:44
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Word?! Ewwww! Any decent PDF editor ought to have a cropping function... –  J. M. Jul 30 '11 at 3:46
    
Try "pdf2word" in Google. –  Jack Jul 30 '11 at 3:49
    
I took out the conversion part, there sure must be other methods that don't involve conversion to Word. –  slhck Jul 30 '11 at 10:32

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I think you should try to increase the margins without converting it to Word. Like you said, conversion usually provides bad results.

First, you could try to scale the PDF before printing. The print window has an option for that and if you set it at 95% the margins should increase. Another option is to edit the pdf. I found this article that explains how to increase the margins using PDFill.

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I think you meant to increase the print size (like, 110%) so that the margins are smaller. –  slhck Jul 30 '11 at 10:34

You can download this tool " free pdf to word doc converter " by hellopdf it's free and fast, faster than a web interface.

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It's very hard to set margin in the PDF files but I tried to find something and got the link given below try it hope it will help you. And if you convert it in .doc then you have to set margins manually.

Take a look here.
If you have Adobe Photoshop, go ahead and open your PDF file from there. Then try and print it there. You can adjust a lot like margins scale size etc without losing your PDF quality. Print-out is as clear as the original.

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Thank you guys but i did not manage to do it. Take the file arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/0912/0912.5246v4.pdf for example. I want to make those annoying margins smaller, what is the easiest way? –  Nadori Jul 30 '11 at 16:21

You can use Briss, Pdfbooklet, Advanced pdf tools, Briss, Pdf scissors, Imposition studio, Inbooklet, Farrukh, Creo preps... None is perfect. Some have more options than other, some are very slow, some can create booklets, some are free.

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Using Linux, try this:

Here's a Gist of a bash script that builds on the prev. Fixes a color compatibility problem (possibly specific to my pdf), and does some dependency checking.

https://gist.github.com/MichaelJCole/86e4968dbfc13256228a

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