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How do I change the spacing between the number and the title of a section? I would like to have the following:

1.(1cm space)Section name

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This adjusts the space for all section headings, and also for sub(sub)sections to 1cm:

\makeatletter
\renewcommand*{\@seccntformat}[1]{\csname the#1\endcsname\hspace{1cm}}
\makeatother

You can modify this redefinition as you desire. It works with KOMA-Script classes as well, as I notice your tag.

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Thanks for your answer. Is there any way to make \hspace{1cm} start at the beginning of the line rather than after the section number? –  Moked Aug 24 '11 at 13:32
    
@Sebastian: I also have Sebastian's question - did you find a solution? –  Christoph Mar 22 '12 at 10:54
    
Ha, found the solution. You will find that using \renewcommand*{\@seccntformat}[1]{\hbox to 1cm{\csname the#1\endcsname}} will do the trick. –  Christoph Mar 22 '12 at 11:19
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The "1.", "(1cm space)" and "Section name" are each components of the sectional command and, the titlesec package provides commands for manipulating this, and much more. Specifically, titlesec provides

\titleformat{<command>}[<shape>]{<format>}{<label>}{<sep>}{<before-code>}[<after-code>]

to change the format of a sectional title. You could use the latter in the following way:

\usepackage{titlesec}% Http://ctan.org/pkg/titlesec
...
\titleformat{\section}{\bfseries\sffamily\large}{\thesection.}{\hspace{1cm}}{}%

which typesets \section in \bfseries (bold), \sffamily (sans serif) and \large, with a period . after the section number \thesection, followed by a 1cm gap and then the title. This is what it looks like if you only modify the \section format as given above:

Titlesec formatting of \section

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