This post has a very nice answer from Martin Scharrer

Fancy Chapter Headings

The OP responds saying that he added a ~ after chapter and number for a nicer layout. What does he mean?

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    I think he means something like \titleformat{\chapter}[display] {\normalfont\Large\raggedleft} {\MakeUppercase{\chaptertitlename~}% \rlap{ \resizebox{!}{1.5cm}{\thechapter~} \rule{5cm}{1.5cm}}} {10pt}{\Huge} Note the two added ~ and what they do to the original output. The word "chapter" is shifted slightly left, and the black bar is offset further right. Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:16
  • Thanks that's it! Think I preferred it without the "~" though
    – Bazman
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:25
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    with...without. That's the beauty of LaTeX. At the flick of the wrist, you can have your cake and eat it too. Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:27
  • @StevenB.Segletes sounds like an answer
    – cmhughes
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:31

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Martin's answer at Fancy Chapter Headings produced the following output (zoomed):

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The comment by the OP discussed taking Martin's definition of \titleformat:

    \rlap{ \resizebox{!}{1.5cm}{\thechapter} \rule{5cm}{1.5cm}}}

and adding two spaces ~, one after \chaptertitlename and the other after \thechapter as follows:

    \rlap{ \resizebox{!}{1.5cm}{\thechapter~} \rule{5cm}{1.5cm}}}

The net effect would be to push the word "CHAPTER" one space to the left (since it is a right-aligned field), and to add a space after the chapter number (in this case "3") which effectively offsets the black bar to the right. The result is:

enter image description here

As in many things, preference plays a large role...unless your editor tells you otherwise ;^)

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