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:


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

\usepackage[ngerman]{babel} % Paket für die neue deutsche Rechtschreibung
\textbf{{\large Thesis}}\\
\ \\

Name Name\\
aus City

Matrikel-Nr.: Number

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

University long

University subtitle

Vorgelegt bei

\textbf{Name of the prof}

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




2 Answers 2


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



  • it works too, used this way because the (rest) content is moved up too :)
    – lis
    Jul 10, 2013 at 8:12
  • 4
    and you can change the spaces around date/author as well and you don't need additional packages.
    – bene
    Jul 10, 2013 at 8:22
  • 1
    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, 2015 at 18:42
  • this is great works perfectly, thanks!
    – Henry Lee
    Apr 7, 2021 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:


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

  • 1
    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, 2013 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
    – msrd0
    May 26, 2018 at 17:38
  • @msrd0 Did you set the command in the preamble? It is not meant to be used in the document environment.
    – smiddy84
    Jan 25, 2022 at 8:58

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