Im trying to alter the colors on my section, subsection and subsubsection.

I do so using the titlesec page:


But the problem is i have to enter the font and font size also. I am using the fontenc package:


But i cant seem to find out what font and size is being used for the section, subsection and subsubsection.

These 2 values i mean: \Large\bfseries\sffamily

I tried to look in the .sty but that wasent very helpful.

  • What document class do you use?
    – lockstep
    Feb 5, 2011 at 12:10
  • report, and Martins answer looks like rocket sience to me. Is there no easier way?
    – Toroo
    Feb 5, 2011 at 12:18

2 Answers 2


The second argument of the \titleformat*{\<name>}{<code>} is stored in a macro called \ttlf@<name> which (default) definition can be printed to the command line with \show\ttlf@<name>, after a \makeatletter of course.


macro:->\ttlh@hang {\normalfont \Large \bfseries }{\@seccntformat {section}}{\z
@ }{\ttl@passexplicit }{}. 


macro:->\ttlh@hang {\normalfont \large \bfseries }{\@seccntformat {subsection}}
{\z@ }{\ttl@passexplicit }{}. 


macro:->\ttlh@hang {\normalfont \normalsize \bfseries }{\@seccntformat {subsubs
ection}}{\z@ }{\ttl@passexplicit }{}. 

Therefore the correct settings for the requested title formats are:


Just for completeness here also the settings for \paragraph and \subparagraph:

  • I got it, guess it was too early. Thx
    – Toroo
    Feb 5, 2011 at 12:26
  • @Toroo: I added the final result now for more clarity for you and other people which want to do the same thing. Feb 7, 2011 at 17:22
  • Hi, any idea how to tweak this s.t it does not mess up numbering ? Just removing the asterix after \titleformat does not work for me. Thx !
    – AnaK
    Apr 29, 2016 at 12:50
  • @AnaK: What is the exact problem with the numbering in your document? May 3, 2016 at 16:38

This is more a comment on Martin's answer, but it's too long, so I'm putting it as a community wiki answer.

For more user-friendliness, you can define a \addtotitleformat macro which allows you to only write


without having to repeat the other formatting information each time. Here's the code:



  \PackageError{titlesec}{non starred form of \string\addtotitleformat\space not supported}{}}
       \csname ttlf@\expandafter\@gobble\string#1\endcsname}%



\section{Section title}

\subsection{Section title}

  • Here my \multexpafter would be handy ... Feb 5, 2011 at 14:54
  • @Hendrik: Yes, it would allow just to type \multexpafter3\def\multexpafter3\@currentsection@font\multexpafter4{\multexpafter2\@secondofsix. Are you planning on making a package out of your code? It would then be much easier to use than to have to copy the code each time. Feb 5, 2011 at 17:02
  • I've never ever been close to writing a package, so if you have a package where you think it would be worth to include, please do (and just acklowledge the author in the code). Feb 5, 2011 at 17:07
  • @Hendrik: As \multexpafter is a helper macro, a standalone package would be preferable for it. Doing a package out of your code is just a matter of copying it to a .tex file, making a three-line .sty file which inputs it and then a short pdf file explaining how to use it. If you want, I can do that for you but as author of the code, you should be the package maintainer since you're the one who knows it best. Feb 5, 2011 at 21:49
  • Thanks for those explanations. Now it seems, however, that Bruno should write a package that includes his \MultiExpandAfter. Feb 13, 2011 at 15:59

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