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I'm trying to customize the Abstract of a memoir document using the following command:

 \renewcommand{\abstractname}{Executive Summary}

The problem is that it actually has no effect. How can I achieve this?

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Can you construct a minimal example that shows the problem? Out of the box, this should do what you want. –  Alan Munn Aug 2 '11 at 23:40
    
Put the command before the abstract. –  Andrey Vihrov Aug 3 '11 at 6:30
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Your command is correct. However, I guess you're using the babel langage package which overrides it. In that case, use the \addto command of babel, i.e. replace

\renewcommand{\abstractname}{Executive Summary}

by

\addto{\captionsenglish}{\renewcommand{\abstractname}{Executive Summary}}

That applies to further names as well, such as \prefacename, \refname etc. You can use one \addto command for all. If you use a different language, replace \captionsenglish by the similar command corresponding to the language.

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Thanks.. your guess is right, and it works :) LyX adds the babel package by default although I don't think I need it. I still don't know why it overrides the abstract name, but I'll use your solution. –  John Kirollos Aug 3 '11 at 21:42
    
@Tom Perhaps with further information, such as your (reduced) source code. Perhaps post a new question if it's long or if your situation is different. –  Stefan Kottwitz Nov 10 '12 at 16:44
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