# reduce space at the top using maketitle

I'm using XeLaTeX for my document and want to style my title page. The problem is, that \maketitle make a large top space, my text begins ca. 10 cm from the top. How can I reduce this space? In the moment it looks very crimped at the bottom.

Here's the explicit code:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twoside,ngerman]{article}
\parindent0pt
\parskip6pt
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage{microtype}

\setmainfont[Path = fonts/,
BoldFont = akko-w01-bold.ttf,
ItalicFont = akko-w01-italic.ttf,
BoldItalicFont = akko-w01-bold-italic.ttf
]{akko-w01-regular.ttf}

\usepackage[ngerman]{babel} % Paket für die neue deutsche Rechtschreibung
\usepackage[...]{hyperref}
...
\title{Title}
\date{}
\author{}
\begin{document}
\input{./acronyms}
\input{./glosaries}
\maketitle
\thispagestyle{empty}
\begin{center}
\textbf{{\large Thesis}}\\
\ \\
von

Name Name\\
aus City

Matrikel-Nr.: Number

{\today}\\
\ \\
\ \\
\textbf{{\large University}}

University long

University subtitle

Vorgelegt bei

\textbf{Name of the prof}

\ \\
\textbf{{\large company}}

department

city
\end{center}

\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\begin{flushleft}
\includegraphics[width=0.9\linewidth]{images/university.png}
\end{flushleft}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\begin{flushright}
\includegraphics[width=0.9\linewidth]{images/company.png}
\end{flushright}
\end{minipage}


Include the \vspace command in the title command, i.e. change the line

\title{Title}


into

\title{\vspace{-2cm}Title}

• it works too, used this way because the (rest) content is moved up too :)
– lis
Jul 10 '13 at 8:12
• and you can change the spaces around date/author as well and you don't need additional packages.
– bene
Jul 10 '13 at 8:22
• just saved the day for me! Thanks a lot. The answers here tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29593/… simply sound useless after reading your answer, no offence!
– user84482
Aug 9 '15 at 18:42
• this is great works perfectly, thanks! Apr 7 '21 at 12:15

The titling package can help you in this.

From its documentation:

The ti­tling pack­age pro­vides con­trol over the type­set­ting of the \maketi­tle com­mand

In your case, adding these lines in the preamble (adjust -3cm to your needs) should do what you want:

\usepackage{titling}
\setlength{\droptitle}{-3cm}


Have a look at the documentation for more options (e.g. spacing after the title)

• For making a frontispiece, I would however use the titlepage environment, as you can see in these answers of mine: answ1 and answ2, or in several other answers in this site. I think you have more flexibility with it. :-) Jul 10 '13 at 9:14
• I've added \setlength{\droptitle}{-3cm} and latex refuses to add a second page to the document, always errors with undefined control sequence \end{document} as soon as the text exceeds one page May 26 '18 at 17:38