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I am using TeXmaker and I am trying to format the section's title. I tried something I had found on the internet but it was clashing with another package. How can I set all section's heading to be written in small caps ?

This is the preamble of my document




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I recommend using the KOMA replacement to article as it's far more flexible and it makes it much easier to change that kind of thing.

Edit: I've removed lmodern and made the section heading centered and bold.





\section{Sample Section}

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There are a lot of vertical spacing that was not there before. How can I center it and make it bold ? – esmitex Nov 16 '12 at 16:44
@esmitex You can't have bold small-caps with lmodern (which was why I used \mdseries in my example). Use a different font package and remove \mdseries (and add \centering to center it). – Nicola Talbot Nov 16 '12 at 16:54
By the way I get a weird extra space when I use the class {scrartcl} (see the picture): i50.tinypic.com/qz3b54.jpg ; that I don't have with the class {article}: i50.tinypic.com/2d9biq1.jpg – esmitex Nov 16 '12 at 17:16
@esmitex Can you provide a minimal example? (It would be better posted as a separate question.) I can't reproduce that effect. – Nicola Talbot Nov 16 '12 at 17:27

The titlesec package allows you to do this with the standard article class with the line:


in your preamble.

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When I use \usepackage[sc]{titlesec} I get the error message : "! LaTeX Error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item." – esmitex Nov 16 '12 at 16:40
@esmitex Did you remove the wrong line \renewcommand{\section}{\smallcaps}? – egreg Nov 16 '12 at 17:06

Here's an alternative solution:




\section{behold small caps}

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I really don't know why but my document doesn't work with use package{titlesec} – esmitex Nov 16 '12 at 16:57
Several packages are sensitive to the order in which they're loaded relative to other packages. Try putting \usepackage{titlesec} last and then let it percolate upwards until you stop getting compilation complications. – Daniel Harbour Nov 16 '12 at 16:59
Well, it is the last one already. I will put it at the beginning. It seems to be clashing with what I use to make the document with 2 columns. – esmitex Nov 16 '12 at 17:01

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