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In LaTeX, how do I change the chapter number to display as text? eg:



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Short answer: put the following code before \begin{document}.


Change \Numberstring into \numberstring if you don't want the number name capitalized.

A longer answer requires more information from you, that you can add to your question.

A quick solution would be also


but this will have some consequences on the typesetting of the Table of Contents (but also of headers). Choosing a strategy depends on the actual needs (and also on the class used).

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If you have more than 100,000 chapters, this will break. This isn't a huge problem, I don't think. But it is a limitation in fmtcount. –  Seamus Nov 3 '11 at 8:47
Quite a big book it would be. :) Also my package for spelling out numbers in Italian (fmtcount's support for Italian is very buggy) has a limitation to 9999 for cardinal numbers and to 999 for ordinals. But one can survive it, I believe. –  egreg Nov 3 '11 at 14:10
@egreg : How can I use your short answer (not the quick solution) with parts instead of chapters? –  ClintEastwood Jun 12 '13 at 20:28
@ClintEastwood For parts I would go with redefining \thepart –  egreg Jun 12 '13 at 20:32

The memoir documentclass provides this by default for some of the chapter styles. Consider reading the documentation; specifically section 6.5.1. Defining a chapter style (p 83).

Alternatively, also view some of the self-created code on Vincent Zoonekynd's LaTeX page for Chapters.

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The numname package takes the code from the memoir class and makes it available separately. The documentation is non-existent, but see this answer for details. –  Seamus Nov 3 '11 at 8:49

You can also try fncychap package.

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