# Chapter title placement

How can I delete the white space between the chapter's title and the beginning of the page? That is, how to place a chapter's title the higher possible? I am using the book class.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! to answer this question, it's helpful to know what document class you're using. a minimal working example (MWE) would be even better. –  barbara beeton Dec 3 '12 at 14:39

## 1 Answer

For the book class, you could redefine the \@makechapterhead. Example:

\documentclass{book}
\begin{document}
\chapter{First}
text

\newpage

text

\makeatletter
\def\@makechapterhead#1{%
\vspace*{-\baselineskip}% in the original 50\p@,
{\parindent \z@ \raggedright \normalfont
\ifnum \c@secnumdepth >\m@ne
\if@mainmatter
\huge\bfseries \@chapapp\space \thechapter
\par\nobreak
\vskip 20\p@
\fi
\fi
\interlinepenalty\@M
\Huge \bfseries #1\par\nobreak
\vskip 40\p@
}}
\makeatother

\chapter{Second}
text

\end{document}


With

\makeatletter
\show\@makechapterhead
\makeatother


before redefining \@makechapterhead you can tell LaTeX to show you the current definition of \@makechapterhead. If -\baselineskip still is not enough, you could sum up the lengths \headheight, \headsep, \baselineskip and whatever you want and use the negative of this length for the \vspace*{...}. (Some fixed value like 3cm would be possible, of course, but when you change font size, page size or something else this would need to be changed, too.)

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Forgot to mention. I am using the {book} class. I am using the command \titlespacing*{\chapter}{0pt}{0pt}{40pt} in combination with the \titleformat, by calling the {titlesec} package. The result is a little improvement, but there is still some space. Any suggestions ? –  John Dec 3 '12 at 21:17
@John: The answer is now given for the book class. Does that help? –  Stephen Dec 4 '12 at 20:05
Thanks !! It works fine –  John Dec 5 '12 at 8:28
@John: Good to read this. You can also accept an answer, which also adds reputation for you and the person giving the answer, which would be me in this case :-) –  Stephen Dec 7 '12 at 19:27