# Titlesec, paragraph title disappears using \titleformat

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:

``````    \usepackage[compact,
explicit]{titlesec}
\titleformat{\paragraph}[runin]{\normalfont\normalsize\bfseries}{}{2pt}{}
``````

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):

``````\titleformat{\paragraph}[runin]{\normalfont\normalsize\bfseries}{\theparagraph}{1em}{}
``````

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:

``````\usepackage[compact,
explicit]{titlesec}
\titleformat{\paragraph}[runin]{\normalfont\normalsize\bfseries}{}{2pt}{#1}{}
``````