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I want my text to appear right after the call to \subsection{Name} but I can't find how to do it. I'm using the article class.

An example of command:

\subsection{a)} Blah blah bla...



Blah blah bla...

instead of what I want:

a) Blah blah bla...

Anything I could do?

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Your specific example can be solved by using the enumerate environment (as mentioned by elcelista), but your general question can be answered by using the titlesec package. The titlesec package defines the \titleformat command which allows any sectioning command to be easily redefined. The syntax of the \titleformat command is


To eliminate the newline after a subsection heading, put the following in the preamble for your document:


Here is an example document and its output:


Blah blah bla...

Output of titlesec example

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Thanx a lot, this is exactly what I was looking for :) I formated the subsection's name to bold with: \titleformat{\subsection}[runin]{\bfseries}{}{}{}[] – big_gie Sep 25 '09 at 14:41
Why there is an error if I unstar \subsection? – Fibo Kowalsky Mar 5 '15 at 16:30
see sharelatex.com/learn/Sections_and_chapters for another example of using \titleformat – Nikita Evseev Aug 12 '15 at 8:25

I don't know of any way to do that with (sub)section headings, but have you considered the enumerate environment? If you're trying to make an ordered list, you can do:

  \item Blah blah bla...
  \item Next one
  \item etc.

and you would get something like

a) Blah blah bla...

b) Next one

c) etc.

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I did and I was using this before, but I needed a TOC entry, so wanted to keep (sub)subsections. – big_gie Sep 25 '09 at 14:42
You can also add a TOC entry anywhere you want with something like \addcontentsline{toc}{subsection}{Name} – elcelista Sep 25 '09 at 20:59

I'm not entirely sure that I understand you problem. I am assuming that your a) is meant to be the subsection numbering, and that "Blah blah blah" is mean to be the title, and that you have not exhibited the text of the subsection at all.

Subsection are numbered (lettered?) automatically, the argument is the title:

 \subsection{Blah blah blah}
 Then the text of the subsection...

will generate something like:

3.1 Blah blah blah

Then the text of the subsection...

where the c)

To change the formatting of the subsection header, you either hack the class definition or choose a more flexible class (like memoir).

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