(This article was first published on

**Software for Exploratory Data Analysis and Statistical Modelling**, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)When working with a tikz drawing within **LaTeX** document we might want to locate an object using an absoute position on the page rather than leaving **LaTeX** to make the decision for us.

The use of nodes and the **current.page** label in conjunction with some other parameters attached to the tikz drawing will allow us to achieve the absolute positioning on the page.

As an example consider a one page drawing where we want to put a text box in the centre of the page.

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay] \draw (current page.center) node {Add Text}; \end{tikzpicture}

If we wanted to add elements to the edge of a page we could use the **current page.north west** anchor to locate in the top left of the page.

Other useful resources are provided on the Supplementary Material page.

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