1. Thank you…

2. BG

I really like the “Less is More” style – it’s just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks!

• Thanks for dropping a comment! Appreciate it. Tom.

3. Ole J. Forsberg, Ph.D.

First of all: Tom, thank you for an excellent source of TeX and LaTeX information. I reference it frequently.

Second: I just wrote an include for making my chapters look good (to me). Here is the code:

\newcommand*\chapterlabel{}
\titleformat{\chapter}[block]{
\gdef\chapterlabel{}
\normalfont\sffamily\Huge\bfseries\scshape%
}
{\gdef\chapterlabel{\thechapter}}{0pt}{%
% The upper bar
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\node[yshift=-2cm] at (current page.north west)
{ \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\draw[fill=chapterbackground] (0,0) rectangle (\evensidemargin+0.2\paperwidth,2cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
};
\end{tikzpicture}
% The lower bar
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\node[yshift=-6.2in] at (current page.north west)
{ \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\draw[fill=chapterbackground] (0,0) rectangle (\paperwidth,2cm);
\end{tikzpicture}
};
\end{tikzpicture}
% The photograph
{%
\flushright
\setlength\fboxsep{0pt}
\setlength\fboxrule{0.5pt}
\fbox{\includegraphics[width=0.8\textwidth]{chapterImages/chapter\thechapter.jpg}}
}
% The chapter number
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\node[yshift=-6.15in] at (current page.north west)
{ \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\node[above left,
anchor=west,
xshift=\evensidemargin,
yshift=0.8cm,
rectangle,
inner sep=10pt,
fill=chapterbackground ]
{\color{white} Stage \thechapter:};
\end{tikzpicture}
};
\end{tikzpicture}
% The chapter name
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\node[yshift=-6.7in] at (current page.north west)
{ \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]
\node[above left,
anchor=west,
xshift=0.92*(1in + \hoffset + \oddsidemargin),
yshift=0.3cm ]
{\color{chapterbackground}#1};
\end{tikzpicture}
};
\end{tikzpicture}
% End titleformat
}
\titlespacing*{\chapter}{0.3\textwidth}{-100pt}{50pt}

I like the effect (others may not). I offer it PD.

• Hi Ole,

Thanks for sharing the code! For others to use it the way you designed it however, you would also have to provide the jpg and some things that got lost from the preamble like which packages you load and the color definition of chapterbackground. If you agree, I will send you an e-mail so you can attach the picture. Or if you have a place to upload it to, just send me the link.

Looking forward to seeing your chapter style!

Thanks, Tom.

Sir; can you give complete code plz; a running one; Thanks anyways

• tom

I provided complete minimal working example for all chapter styles. Please let me know which example is not running.

Thanks, Tom

4. Harsha

Thank you.

5. JK

Wonderful examples. I’m always looking for customisations of these types, of which your blog is full of, to finesse my thesis. Thank you.

The new chapter definitions however, don’t seem to work on unnumbered chapters (ie. \chapter*{Name of Unnumbered Chapter})
Any thoughts?
Cheers,

• Please tell me which style you are having problems with and I will look into it. Thanks, Tom.

• JK

Initially I have been playing around with your more is less style and the titlesec package.
Cheers,
JK

• Hi JK,

I works perfectly for me (see the code below). Please provide a minimal example illustrating the problem.

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{titlesec, blindtext, color}
\definecolor{gray75}{gray}{0.75}
\newcommand{\hsp}{\hspace{20pt}}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\Huge\bfseries}{\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{gray75}{|}\hsp}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\chapter{Less is More}
\blindtext
\chapter*{Less is Less}
\blindtext
\end{document}

Best, Tom.

• JK

Cheers Tom. The code is working fine for me now too. I must have had something commented out before, else some other random oddity was present.

• Great, I’m glad it worked out. Thanks for the feedback! Tom.

6. Nazma

hi,
I use latex in linux (ubutu). Please tell me how I use fancychapter. For using the same I am have to download any package. From where I download it and tell me the stps.

• Hi Nazma,

Thanks for your question. You are right, the fancychapter package is not included in the standard TeX distributions. However, you can get the style file here. The easiest way would be to just keep the file in your project folder where your tex-file is located. Apart from loading it, that’s all you need.

Hope it works.
Best, Tom.

7. Phil

Thank you so very much! Been looking all over for this…

8. Prakash

Thanks for the nice post. This is very helpful. Is there anyway I can give author names and affliations beneath the chapter title?

9. Hassan

Good work. Thank you for the post. You are doing a great job.

• Thanks Hassan!

10. Hi Tom,
I liked very much the “Less is More” style.
But it creates a problem for me!
It eats practically APPENDIX word but after comes appendices with letter: A,B etc.
How can I fix this?
Many thanks.

• Hi Rafik,

Thanks for your question. I’m not sure whether I understand your problem. Please provide a minimal working example which I can run on my computer.

Here is some code that adds the word Chapter and later Appendix to the title. You might find this useful.

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{titlesec, blindtext, color}
\definecolor{gray75}{gray}{0.75}
\newcommand{\hsp}{\hspace{20pt}}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\Huge\bfseries}{\chaptername~\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{gray75}{|}\hsp}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}
\begin{document}
\chapter{Less is More}
\blindtext
\appendix
\renewcommand\chaptername{Appendix}
\chapter{First}
\blindtext
\chapter{Second}
\blindtext
\end{document}
• Thank you very much, indeed!
But I truly satisfied with the chapter having only number without word “chapter”. I would like only to Have Appendix word before A, B etc appendices !
Could you help with this?

• Hi Rafik,

A possible solution is to use the code I provided below with a minor modification, set \chaptername to “empty” for regular chapters. Here is the code:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{titlesec, blindtext, color}
\definecolor{gray75}{gray}{0.75}
\newcommand{\hsp}{\hspace{20pt}}
\renewcommand\chaptername{}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\Huge\bfseries}{\chaptername\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{gray75}{|}\hsp}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}
\begin{document}
\chapter{Less is More}
\blindtext
\appendix
\renewcommand\chaptername{Appendix~}
\chapter{First}
\blindtext
\chapter{Second}
\blindtext
\end{document}
11. Thank you very much Tom!

12. Sarang

Hi…..!
for thesis chapter lay out, i want a particular design, but i couldn’t able to paste an image of that design, how can I post that image for further corresponding, in order to need code for that designing.
Currently I am using following package:
%Options: Sonny, Lenny, Glenn, Conny, Rejne, Bjarne, Bjornstrup
\usepackage[Sonny]{fncychap}

• Hi,

You can upload it to Dropbox, Picasaweb, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, anywhere you like and share the link.
if you would rather not post the design publicly, you can get in touch here.

Cheers, Tom

13. Hi Tom,
first of all, thanks dude. I’ve favourited your page, btw, many useful info here.
I have a question, what about just “Chapter 1 – Name_of_the_chapter”? How could I do that?
Thanks again, keep up the great work.
See ya!

• Using the titlesec example from above with a few minor modifications:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{titlesec, blindtext}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\Huge\bfseries}{Chapter \thechapter\ -- }{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}
\begin{document}
\chapter{Numbered}
\blindtext
\chapter*{Non-numbered}
\blindtext
\end{document}
• Great Tom! Thanks for your help.
That was a hand in the wheel, hahaha! I’ll use that to generate a thesis model to use in my doctorate program.
Thank you very much!

I’m generally happy to help with problems. However, if you are asking me for code, at least try yourself first, please. Most of the information can be found in the post above and package documentation.

Anyway, here is what I came up with:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{anyfontsize}
\usepackage{titlesec, blindtext}
\titleformat{\chapter}[display]{\raggedleft}{\fontsize{70}{60}\selectfont\thechapter}{0pt}{\fontsize{20}{10}\selectfont}[\rule{0.75\linewidth}{1pt}]
\begin{document}
\chapter{Numbered custom design}
\blindtext
\chapter*{Non-numbered custom design}
\end{document}
14. Sarang

thanks tom……
Since I am beginner in Latex, that’s why asked for the code, I have tried, but due to some minor errors I didn’t do it. Well after referring your code, I got it, . . . . . I have rectified many things by visiting this blog, really great job,,,,,
once again thanks for code…..
cheers.

• That’s ok. Please consider creating a minimal working example next time that would let me reproduce the minor errors. By doing so, there is a good change you find a solution and by posting it on my blog, you will help other people with similar issues.

15. Matthias

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the extremely usefull information. Personally I very much like the ‘less is more’ style for my thesis. I was wondering though if it were possible to add two horizontal lines: one above and one underneath the title. Is there an easy way to do this?

Either way, thanks a million ! Your resumation was clear and very helpfull.

Greetings,
Matthias

• Matthias

I think I figured it out, but my way might not be according to LaTeX etiquette. My code:

\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\newcommand{\hsp}{\hspace{20pt}}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]
{\Huge\bfseries}
{\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{lightgray}{|}\hsp}
{0pt}
{\Huge\bfseries}
[\vspace{-4ex}\titlerule\vspace{5ex}\titlerule]
• Hi Matthias,

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I’m glad you found a solution that works. Thanks for posting it here. Alternatively, you one could also add the top rule with format (see the documentation).

\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\titlerule\Huge\bfseries\vspace{1ex}}{\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{lightgray}{|}\hsp\titlerule}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}[\vspace{1ex}\titlerule]

Cheers,
Tom

16. Sousa

Really nice! Thank you very much, Less is More rules! 😀

• Thank you!

17. Hi, I’d like to put the chapter title in the center of a separate page. How to achieve this

• Hey!

Thanks for your question. Try this and let me know what you think:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{titlesec, blindtext}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\vspace{-65pt}\vfill}{}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries\centering}[\vfill\clearpage]
\begin{document}
\chapter{Centered chapter title}
\blindtext
\end{document}
18. Govind

Hi Tom,
I am using the book class for writing my thesis. I am happy with its formatting but I have a issue with its chapter title. It consumes a lot of vertical space and comes in the middle of the page. Is there a way to keep the chapter heading at the top like this:

Chapter 1

Power System Analysis and Optimization

Regards,
Govind

• tom

I didn’t quite catch whether you wanted to center the heading horizontally. Below is an example that should give you enough flexibility to customize the chapter heading to your needs.

Cheers, Tom.

\documentclass[11pt]{book}

% Visualize margins (remove this)
\usepackage{showframe}

\usepackage{sectsty}
\chapterfont{\centering}

% Set white space above and below chapter to 10pt
\usepackage{toolbox}
\makeatletter
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\chapter{Power System Analysis and Optimization}
\end{document}
19. Max Horn

Seems the image links in this blog post are broken :-(… Any chance to get them restored

• tom

Thanks for the notification, I’m working on it 🙂

20. shastry

Hi Tom,
I am writing my thesis in latex. I just want to change the
font size of chapter title (by default it is very big). I used the titlesec package. But the problem is now “Chapter #” disappear and it just appears “# followed by Introduction”.

I used

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]
{\normalfont\Large\bfseries}{\thechapter}{1em}{}

and the result is

#
Introduction

I
want to display it as

Chapter #
Introduction

or is there any other way to change the font size interactively?

Thanks you very much
shastry

• tom

Hi Shastry,

Thanks for your comment. I tried your code and it seems to work fine. Here’s a minimal working example:

\documentclass[12pt]{report}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\titleformat{\chapter}[display]
{\normalfont\Large\bfseries}{\thechapter}{1em}{}
\begin{document}

\chapter{First}
\chapter{Second}

\end{document}

If this doesn’t help, please provide a similar complete example and I’ll be happy to take a look.

Cheers, Tom

21. Thank you very much. 🙂

The text size should be 12; in less is more; and less is less

• tom

The default font size for all standard document classes is 10pt. You can change it to 12pt using:

\documentclass[12pt]{report}

HTH, Tom

Thanks …. i did it, do you have some beautiful thesis template with nice looking chapters?

• tom

Thesis templates are frequently provided by the university and there is not a lot of flexibility. If your institution doesn’t provide an official template, you might use any of the chapter styles described in the post above and change them to your liking. Also, it may be worthwhile to take a look at templates from other universities and adapt them according to your needs/preferences.

HTH, Tom

23. Emiliano Amendola

Tom, is there a way that i can change the language of the default “Chapter 1” ? I need it to say “Capitulo 1”, for example in the “daleif1” chapter style at the top right chapter numeration. I’m using the spanish language package but nothing changes, i think the problem is the default configuration of the chapter style.
Thanks..

• tom

Dear Emiliano,

Thanks for your question. I removed the code as I wasn’t able to run it. If you’d like me to look at your code, please provide a minimal working example that I can copy-paste (similar to the example below). In general, you can set the language through babel. This works for me in the example. Alternatively, you can manually redefine \chaptername (code commented out). These approaches are not the same however. Babel also changes the language of other keywords like “Contents”, “List of Figures”, etc.

Best, Tom

\documentclass[11pt]{report}
\usepackage[spanish]{babel}
%\renewcommand\chaptername{Cap\'itulo}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\chapter{Introducci\'on}
\end{document}
24. Emiliano Amendola

Thanks for the reply Tom, but the “\renewcommand\chaptername” suggestion isn’t working, i post here a snippet to see what the problem is, at page 7 the first chapter “Introducción” is generated with “Chapter 1” caption at the top right corner numeration, and subsecuent pages are generated with “Chapter 1. Introducción ” at the header note

\RequirePackage[l2tabu]{nag}	% Warns for incorrect (obsolete) LaTeX usage
\documentclass[a4paper,11pt,leqno,openbib]{memoir}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[spanish,english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{xcolor,lipsum,rotating,graphicx,newlfont}
\usepackage{calc,soul}
\makeatletter
\newlength\dlf@normtxtw
\setlength\dlf@normtxtw{\textwidth}
\newsavebox{\feline@chapter}
\newcommand\feline@chapter@marker[1][4cm]{%
\sbox\feline@chapter{%
\resizebox{!}{#1}{\fboxsep=1pt%
\colorbox{gray}{\color{white}\thechapter}}}%
\rotatebox{90}{%
\resizebox{%
\heightof{\usebox{\feline@chapter}}+\depthof{\usebox{\feline@chapter}}}%
\raisebox{\depthof{\usebox{\feline@chapter}}}{\usebox{\feline@chapter}}}
\newcommand\feline@chm[1][4cm]{%
\sbox\feline@chapter{\feline@chapter@marker[#1]}%
\makebox[0pt][c]{% aka \rlap
\makebox[1cm][r]{\usebox\feline@chapter}}}
\makechapterstyle{daleifmodif}{
\renewcommand\chapnamefont{\normalfont\Large\scshape\raggedleft\so}
\renewcommand\chaptitlefont{\normalfont\Large\bfseries\scshape}
\renewcommand\printchaptername{}
\renewcommand\printchapternum{\null\hfill\feline@chm[2.5cm]\par}
\renewcommand\afterchapternum{\par\vskip\midchapskip}
\renewcommand\printchaptertitle[1]{\color{gray}\chaptitlefont\raggedleft ##1\par}}
\makeatother
\chapterstyle{daleifmodif}
\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{roman}
\renewcommand{\contentsname}{Tabla de Contenidos}
\maxtocdepth{subsection}
\tableofcontents*
\chapter{Introducci\'on}
\section{Introducci\'on a Lipsum}
\lipsum
\end{document}
• tom

Hi Emiliano,

Thanks for the code. The problem is that you use babel with the option spanish,english which sets it to English. The latter overwrites the former. What you’ll have to do is load babel with spanish only. If you see an error, try commenting out the first line (nag package), it seems to only work with english.

Nice chapter style by the way.

Best, Tom.

• Emiliano Amendola

Thanks again Tom, but unfortunately i do have an error, even i’ve commented out the line “\RequirePackage[l2tabu]{nag}”. The error goes:

Introduccion.tex:7:
Argument of \@firstofone has an extra
}.

\par
l.7 \chapter{Introducción}

• tom

Well, it says there is an extra closing brace “}”.

25. andreasm

Hey Tom,
First of all thanks for this awesome tutorial!
I am currently trying to put your “Less is more” style to the template I am using but for some reason, the text of the chapter won’t show up !
It would be awesome if you could help me !

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{book}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[frenchb]{babel}
\usepackage{graphicx,xcolor}
\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\renewcommand\thechapter{\Roman{chapter}}
\renewcommand\thesection{\Alph{section}}
\renewcommand\thesubsection{\arabic{subsection}}
\titlespacing{\chapter}{0pt}{*4}{*1.5}

\definecolor{gray75}{gray}{0.75}
\newcommand{\hsp}{\hspace{20pt}}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\Huge\bfseries}{\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{gray75}{|}\hsp}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}

\begin{document}
\blinddocument
\end{document}
• tom

Hi Andreas,

I’m glad you like the chapter style. I hope you don’t mind that I shortened your code to the most relevant bits. The code works if you load titlesec without the explicit option. Please see the titlesec package documentation for more details.

Cheers, Tom

• andreasm

Wow awesome,

Thank you very much Tom and thanks for the explanation, didn’t figure out it could have its origin in the way the package was loaded.

Cheers,

• tom

No problem, glad to help. Best wishes.

26. Martins

Could you please tell me how to make a chapter look like this:

(supposing I am using \usepackage[latin]{babel} for the sake of editing a latin text)

De Lusitanae oppida celebriora
Caput undeuicesimum

That is, the numbering in full and with words (not numbers) and after the name of the chapter (that is how the manuscript has it).
Thanks a lot.

• tom

Hi Martins,

Thanks for your question. Rearranging the chapter heading is fairly straight forward using the titlesec package. Whereas producing the number as a word is more tricky. Either do it manually with an array-like structure or email the authors of the fmtcount package to add support for latin.

Hope this helps,
Tom

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage[latin]{babel}
\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}

\titleformat{\chapter}{\normalfont\Large\bfseries}{}{0em}{#1\\\chaptername~\thechapter}

\begin{document}
\chapter{De Lusitanae oppida celebriora}
\end{document}
27. Alexander

Hi Tom

I really like the Less is More style. However it seems to overwrite my footer. The page numbering on the chapter sides are different from the other pages. I would like them to be identical. My footer is defined as:

\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}
\renewcommand{\footrulewidth}{0pt}
\fancyfoot[R]{Page \textbf{\thepage} \ of \textbf{\pageref{lastmainpage}}}

Do you know how I can fix this issue?

• tom

Hi Alexander,

Thanks for your comment. By default, for pages with a chapter heading the page-style plain is used. The example below shows how to change that.

Best,
Tom

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{fancyhdr,blindtext}
\usepackage{lastpage}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{titlesec, color}
\definecolor{gray75}{gray}{0.75}
\newcommand{\hsp}{\hspace{20pt}}
\titleformat{\chapter}[hang]{\Huge\bfseries}{\thechapter\hsp\textcolor{gray75}{|}\hsp}{0pt}{\Huge\bfseries}

\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}
\renewcommand{\footrulewidth}{0pt}
\fancyfoot[R]{Page \textbf{\thepage} \ of \textbf{\pageref{LastPage}}}
\fancypagestyle{plain}{%
\fancyhf{}%
\fancyfoot[R]{Page \textbf{\thepage} \ of \textbf{\pageref{LastPage}}}%
\renewcommand{\footrulewidth}{0pt}% Line at the footer visible
}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\blinddocument
\end{document}
• Alex

Thanks Tom!

28. Dreni

I dont have any idea why, but by writing $|$, the line showed up vertically.

• tom

Hi Dreni,

Thanks for your comment. Isn’t that what you would expect? Can you provide a minimal working example to illustrate your problem, please?

Best, Tom

29. Corli

Hi. I am trying to use the ‘less is more’ chapter style. It works perfectly fine, except that the \chapter* command produces no title. Can you please assist?

• tom

Hi Corli,

When I use a starred chapter in the example from the post it works as expected. Can you please provide a minimal working example to illustrate your problem.

Thanks, Tom

30. qaqcvccc

Thanks, it helps me a lot