# How it is possible to make a vertical space between first paragraph with top of a page?

Look at this

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}
\newcommand{\Hrule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.3mm}}

\makeatletter% since there's an at-sign (@) in the command name
\renewcommand{\@maketitle}{%
\parindent=0pt% don't indent paragraphs in the title block
\centering
{\Large \bfseries\textsc{\@title}}
\HRule\par%
\textit{\@author \hfill \@date}
\par
}

\makeatother% resets the meaning of the at-sign (@)

\title{Statement of Purpose}
\author{Sina Gholizadeh}
\date{Ph.D. Applicant}

\begin{document}
\maketitle% prints the title block
\section*{}
\section*{}
\paragraph*{}
This is an example.

\end{document}


This is a sop sample I found in tex.stackexchange, I want to increase a vertical space between first paragraph and the what are in top of the page? I used

\section*{}


for tow time to make space but I'm sure there is more effective way too.

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I guess \vspace{3cm} (try any length you like) instead of the two empty sections does the job. Or am I not understanding correctly? – vaettchen Jul 21 '13 at 13:56
Welcome to TeX.SX! – Heiko Oberdiek Jul 21 '13 at 14:09

## 1 Answer

As vaettchen already said in a comment, \vspace can be used. The original \@maketitle of class article uses internally \vskip1.5em. \vspace is the user-interface of LaTeX for \vskip.

Example:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}
\newcommand{\HRule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.5mm}}
\newcommand{\Hrule}{\rule{\linewidth}{0.3mm}}

\makeatletter% since there's an at-sign (@) in the command name
\renewcommand{\@maketitle}{%
\newpage
\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}% don't indent paragraphs in the title block
\centering
{\Large \bfseries\textsc{\@title}}
\HRule\par%
\textit{\@author \hfill \@date}
\par
\vspace{4\baselineskip}%
}
\makeatother% resets the meaning of the at-sign (@)

\title{Statement of Purpose}
\author{Sina Gholizadeh}
\date{Ph.D. Applicant}

\begin{document}
\maketitle% prints the title block

\noindent
This is an example.

\end{document}


Remarks:

• I have added \newpage at the beginning of the title as in article.cls.
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