# How to rename Abstract title in Memoir?

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

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
Why do I get `! Undefined control sequence. \addto`? – André Fratelli Aug 26 at 21:43
@AndréFratelli I assume because you did not load babel. But then a direct `\renewcommand` should work. Otherwise you could just ask a new question with all details you have. – Stefan Kottwitz Aug 27 at 10:52
I ended up here because `\renewcommand` wasn't working. This solution didn't either. I'm putting a pin on this issue for now, but I just might follow your recommendation later. Thanks. – André Fratelli Aug 27 at 17:17