I am using th titlesec package to redefine paragraphs (as well as a few minor changes). Essentially, I just want to change the format from bold to italic font. Here's my code:


While LaTeX compiles just fine, the paragraph title disappears when the \titleformat{... command is used. Instead, there is just a blank space.

I tried the example command from Standard Classes in the titlesec manual (p. 23):


which gives the same error, i.e. the title disappears.

  • It seems the error is due to specifying global options for the package
    – altabq
    Apr 7 '14 at 9:03

From page 4 of the manual: Titles disappear due to the global explicit option. When explicit is called globally, the title must be given explicitly with #1. That is:


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