I would like to make section headings bold and sans-serif (helvet package). I found a snippet that produces sans serif headings:


Now I have the problem that \sf\bf does not produce bold and sans-serif text. I know that nesting of \textbf etc. macros does the trick but I wonder how I should incorporate this into my snippet.

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    don't use \sf or \bf they don't combine as you saw (and the command is not even defined by default in LaTeX), use \normalfont\sffamily\bfseries but note not every sans font has a bold variant. Apr 17, 2013 at 9:57

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The command \allsectionsfont{\normalfont\sffamily\bfseries} of the sectsty package achieves this easily.

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