# Setting the space between page header and text block

I work with documentclass report and use `fancyhdr` package for chapters in this way:

``````\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{#1}{}}
\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markright{\thechapter\ #1}}
\renewcommand{\sectionmark}[1]{\markright{\thesection\ #1}}
\fancyhf{}
\renewcommand{\footrulewidth}{0pt}
\fancypagestyle{plain}{
}
``````

I would like to change space between the line and the following text. Can anyone help me?

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`fancyhdr` isn't involved: the relevant parameter is `\headsep`. Perhaps using `geometry` is the best strategy. – egreg May 19 '12 at 20:18
You have two redefinitions of `\chaptermark` and two competing settings of `\headrulewidth`. Please consider eliminating the deadwood code. – Mico May 19 '12 at 22:13
@Mico The second definition of `\headrulewidth` is correct, being in `\fancypagestyle` – egreg May 19 '12 at 22:51
@egreg: Thanks, I hadn't noticed this feature. – Mico May 19 '12 at 22:54

As @egreg pointed out in the comments, you have to adjust the length `headsep`. This can be done in the following ways:

1. Use the command `\setlength{\headsep}{0.2in}` where you can put the relevant value of length.

2. Use the package `geometry` as `\usepackage[margin=1in,headsep=.2in]{geometry}`.

As pointed in the comment by @Mico in the comments, you have defined `\renewcommand{\chaptermark}.....`two times. Please correct them.

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The second `\fancyhead{}` is correct, being in `\fancypagestyle`. The same for `\headrulewidth`. – egreg May 19 '12 at 22:52
@egreg: Sorry overlooked it. Thanks for the edit. – Harish Kumar May 19 '12 at 22:57
Thanks, both solutions are working. I'm just a little bit confused now... Should I delete one of the renewcommands for \chaptermark and \headrulewidth or not? – Laura May 20 '12 at 11:55