How can I decrease the white space marked with blue? I tried \vspace with negative marks but to no avail (it normally does the trick but not this time). I am using the 'fancyhdr'-package.

\documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{lmodern, amsmath, amssymb, fancyhdr, eulervm}

\lhead{Left header, text}
\rhead{Right header, text}

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  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Oct 4, 2013 at 21:03
  • in the article class, the distance between the header and the baseline of the first line of text is a combination of \headsep (25pt) and \topsep (10pt). (i don't know whether this is changed by fancyhdr.) the one to decrease is \headsep; strange things can happen if you decrease \topsep and put a "tall" element in the first line. Oct 4, 2013 at 21:07

2 Answers 2


You can simply change the length of \headsep using the \setlength command, for example: \setlength{\headsep}{10pt}.

If I add at the end of your code:


I get the following result:

enter image description here

  • I noticed this only moves the header. Is it possible to fix the header and move the paragraph up towards it?
    – user37752
    Oct 4, 2013 at 21:40
  • @user37752 Please see my modified answer that shows that it is the paragraph that moves towards the header and not the other way round.
    – Pierre
    Oct 4, 2013 at 23:10
  • Thanks a heap! By the way, why did you add in \clearpage?
    – user37752
    Oct 5, 2013 at 13:06
  • Force of habit. I could have used \newpage. A good answer about the difference between the two is found at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/45609/…
    – Pierre
    Oct 6, 2013 at 22:21
  • And what if I only want this to affect more than one page, where I have more content after the page in question? I could of course just to \setlength{\headsep}{originalValue}, but I don't know how to obtain originalValue. Is there a way to restore it's default? Mar 6, 2018 at 22:01

That distance is given by the headsep key when you use geometry. For example, adding headsep=1sp (just a very small amount) you'll see

enter image description here

\usepackage[...,headsep=1sp,...]{geometry}% http://ctan.org/pkg/geometry

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