LaTeX length units

Posted: 26th May 2010 by Tim in LaTeX
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There are many configurations and commands in LaTeX which require lengths to be set. The following length units can be used:

  • in – imperial inch
  • pt – point (1/72 of an inch)
  • cm – metric centimeter
  • mm – metric millimeter
  • em – width of a capital “M” in the current font settings
  • ex – width of a lower-case “x” in the current font settings

Note that if you want to set the length as zero, you still need to specify the unit. ie: “0” will not work, but “0mm” will.