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The package fncychap, using \chapter places the chapter heading 1/3 down the page. How can we place it closer to the top? That is; the words "Test Chapter" closer to the header "My Header" in the minimal working example (MWE) below?




    \fancyfoot[RE,RO]{Page Number: \thepage}
    \fancyhead[RE,RO]{My Header: \thesection}


    \chapter{Test Chapter}
    Some writing in the chapter.

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Like the standard classes, fncychap puts a vertical space of 50pt before the chapter heading. This code redefines the two chapter head macros, you may adjust the argument of \vspace, I set it to 10 pt:

  {\parindent \z@ \raggedright \normalfont
    \ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne
      \if@mainmatter%%%%% Fix for frontmatter, mainmatter, and backmatter 040920
    \if@mainmatter%%%%% Fix for frontmatter, mainmatter, and backmatter 060424
% For the case \chapter*:
  {\parindent \z@ \raggedright
    \vskip 40\p@

You could define a TeX length to store the value, then you would do better than the package which directly uses numerical values in its macros.

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